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Ministry trains 700 educators weekly to boost online learning

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A teacher is simultaneously teaching students in class and online at Preah Sisowath High School last month. Hong Menea

Ministry trains 700 educators weekly to boost online learning

Since the end of September, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has trained 3,292 teachers from secondary resource schools and network schools on how to manage distance learning to run online classes in a high-quality and efficient manner.

The ministry said on November 1 that it continues to train over 700 teachers each week on remote teaching skills.

This teacher training course is organised by the Upper Secondary Education Sector Development Programme (USESDP) supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

“This complete online training course aims to enable school administrators and teachers to use technology in teaching to ensure the continuation of teaching services to students by following a new path that uses systematic teaching technology as a supplemental tool to future teaching in the context of digital education,” the ministry said.

Dy Sam Sideth, USESDP director and deputy head of the General Directorate of Education, said the development of teacher’s capacities must be done regularly for them to keep their skills and understanding of the field up-to-date.

Education ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha confirmed on November 2 that most teachers knew how to use basic technology to teach online before and in the Covid-19 context but further training was required to ensure the use of best practices.

“For teachers who need more training to be able to use technology for online teaching, the ministry continues to provide capacity building opportunities in all forms.

“In this regard, the education ministry turns challenges into opportunities to strengthen teacher qualifications in line with the Education Strategy Plan 2019-2023 in order to develop human capital to participate in transforming Cambodia into a high-middle-income country by 2030 and a developed country by 2050,” he said.

Soveacha said that before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry continued to improve the teacher training.

The ministry has carried out a number of tasks, such as continuing to implement the action plan for reform and encouraging all teacher training institutions to continue implementing the training programme by using self-study classes and technology.

In addition, the ministry also provides training by using new teaching methods and information technology in the teaching and learning process.

“Teachers are also learning new teaching methods, including active learning, constructive learning, problem-solving learning, research-based learning and research-based learning, as well as direct and online classroom management techniques,” Soveacha said.

Ro Kimlong

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