Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Schools to offer career guidance



Schools to offer career guidance

Students at Phnom Penh’s Sisowath High School prepare to take a test last year.
Students at Phnom Penh’s Sisowath High School prepare to take a test last year. Hong Menea

Schools to offer career guidance

As part of ongoing education reforms, a new curriculum set to be implemented in 2018 will address the lack of career counselling in high schools across Cambodia, a Ministry of Education official told attendees of an education forum yesterday.

The Kingdom has long endured a gap between the skills students have when they graduate from university and those needed to meet the labour market’s demands, and education officials said yesterday that counselling young students on their interests – as well as what’s available – would help to close that gap.

In 2018, a new curriculum aimed at responding to those needs will be implemented, said Khoun Vichheka, deputy director-general of education at the Ministry of Education. “In high school, we will talk to students about the areas they would like to go into,” she said.

As moderator and American University of Phnom Penh founder Chea Vandeth noted yesterday, the country has never had school counselling.

As a result, many high-school students have no idea what they want to do after they graduate, said Stephen Paterson, a senior adviser at the National University of Management.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration