Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry gives greenlight to resume early education

Ministry gives greenlight to resume early education

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Children attending kindergarten in Phnom Penh last year. Hong Menea

Ministry gives greenlight to resume early education

Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron has given the green light for early childhood education service providers to resume operations nationwide from January 10 through at least October 31, 2022.

In an announcement dated December 20, Chuon Naron said that for the school year 2021-2022, early childhood education should continue to focus on five areas of development: Physical health, language learning, social skills, intellectual growth, and emotional, moral and cultural awareness.

The opening date of the school year for all levels across the country is set for January 10 with days off for Khmer New Year scheduled for April 6-19 and then a longer break for the entire month of November.

As the pandemic is not over, the opening ceremonies for the school year will be conducted on a limited basis in select locations with a smaller number of attendees who must all adhere to the recommended health preventive measures.

The ministry said that in the event of a force majeure occurring such as an outbreak of Covid-19, floods, storms and other disasters, the school principal must make an urgent report to the ministry with the approval of the education office in their district and the provincial education department in order to receive permission to suspend in-person classes.

Municipal education department director Hem Sinareth said his officials were ready for the opening of the new school year.

“We are prepared to follow the guidelines of the education and health ministries,” he said.

Kong Samneang, deputy director-general of the Westline Education Group – which operates schools with students from kindergarten through Grade 12 in Phnom Penh and Battambang province – said he strongly supports the reopening of kindergarten and early childhood education services as it is crucial for the healthy development of young children.

“In our schools, we continue to implement the ministries’ procedures and monitor our students’ temperatures. Of course we’ve had some challenges related to Covid-19 the same as all schools, but we’ve been able to keep things under control,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused