In the past five years, the Hun Sen Kang Tanoeng High School in Kampong Cham province has gone from being a flood-destroyed ruin to an outstanding school with the highest rate of students passing the grade 12 exam across the whole country.
Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron mentioned this at the inaugural ceremony for the new two-storey building with 12 rooms at the Kang Tanoeng Primary School in Kang Meas district’s Kang Tanoeng commune on August 6.
He recalled that since 2017, Hun Sen Kang Tanoeng has gone from being a flooded wreck to becoming the most prominent school in the country.
“Hun Sen Kang Tanoeng used to have only 49 per cent of students who passed the exam, but now it’s at 99 per cent and is the No1 school in the country. Prior to this achievement, no school could get 99 per cent,” he said.
He noted that volunteer teachers had been sent from the Royal University of Phnom Penh to provide additional lessons at the school.
Apart from Hun Sen Kang Tanoeng, there are two other schools with a high percentage of students who passed the grade 12 exam: Hun Sen Khchao High School ranked second with 85 per cent passing the exam and Hun Sen Peam Chikang High School ranked third at 76 per cent.
The minister called for the strengthening of primary school management to focus on student learning with the participation of the community through the establishment of school management committees and for the establishment of a children’s council that could help maintain a good school environment.
He recommended that the school’s leadership, teachers and education staff pay more attention to the management of schools, improving the quality of teaching and learning and especially to help children who face difficulties through volunteer students who are able to attend school and who are willing to help slower learners get a better education through peer tutoring.
“As a provider of education services, the management team and teachers must continue to develop their skills on a regular basis by attending workshops, supplementary courses such as courses on the application of reading materials and elementary mathematics, and school management and so on,” he said.
He also encouraged parents or guardians to monitor their children’s academic performance, behaviour, morals and ethics in the family, school and community, as well as help teach children at home.
“Please participate in monitoring the learning outcomes of your children’s behaviour, morals, ethics in the family, schools and community, as well as helping to teach children at home or create a good place for them to study at home and read books with other children,” he said.
In addition, he suggested that parents and guardians be provided with study materials, purchase reading materials and first grade math materials for their children to study at home and to support material financing for the operation of libraries in the schools, their development and the hiring of support teachers.