The prime minister yesterday praised three women as national heroines for their inspiring international achievements in the arenas of education and sports.
During an awards ceremony for scholars at the National Institute of Education, Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulated local teacher Neang Phalla for her abilities in the classroom, saying: “She was able to compete with 200 countries and rank in the top 10. We want to have more teachers like this.”
The premier also recognised Asia Games gold medallist in taekwondo Sorn Seavmey and petanque world-champion Keo Leng, who won earlier this year in France – the birthplace of the sport – and performed impressively at the 2013 SEA and Asean Games.
“This year, we’ve seen the sport [become] a lot more popular in Cambodia,” Hun Sen said.
Simultaneously, in an effort to encourage educational accomplishments like Neang Phalla’s, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is expected to announce a first-ever award for the nation’s outstanding school directors and teachers on March 26.
The award for outstanding principal was assessed based on “management, teaching methodology, and a clean environment”, explained Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron. The teachers, meanwhile, were evaluated on the local level and met directly with the ministry.
“We have yet to [publicly] identify the names of the winners,” he said, adding that the award value would also remain secret until the ceremony.
Rong Chun, president of Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, hailed the program as an opportunity to help teachers enhance their abilities and promote a higher standard of education. However, he emphasised that the selection should be conducted with transparency and accuracy.
“If the evaluation is done accurately, it will be awesome, because previously we see most rewards are given to those affiliated with the [ruling] party instead,” he said.
The prime minister will present an award to Neang Phalla at the ceremony later this month.