Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap’s Wat Bo Primary School seen as model in Kingdom

Siem Reap’s Wat Bo Primary School seen as model in Kingdom

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Students perform a daily routine at Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap town. Photo supplied

Siem Reap’s Wat Bo Primary School seen as model in Kingdom

Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap town is considered a model school throughout the Kingdom and beyond, having made a name for itself for its well-mannered pupils, pleasant environment and attentive teachers.

Located in Sala Kamroeuk commune’s Wat Bo village, this academic year the school has 126 teachers and 6,444 students.

The school’s principal, Peng Kimchhen, had a tough upbringing and aims to help his pupils avoid such hardships.

He instils in teachers and students alike with standards of dignified behaviour, morals and virtue.

“To become a good leader, I follow one ‘don’t’ and five ‘dos’. Don’t be selfish. Do be willing, patient, hard-working, honest and devoted,” Kimchhen told The Post.

Teachers are not allowed to provide extra classes at the school or sell snacks in classes like at other state schools. Parking fees are banned and both pupils and teachers must comply with the school regulations. It is immediately noticed that students always put rubbish in bins, so the campus is litter-free.

Kimchhen said the school also helps poor students and those with mental health problems. “I have helped find funding for 500 to 600 students. And we appeal to other capable students to share what they can with those who are less fortunate,” he said.

Teachers at Wat Bo are required to meet certain standards, and 101 teachers hold bachelor’s degrees. They must also have a sound grasp of information and communications technology (ICT).

In addition to the curriculums approved by the Ministry of Education, the school also focuses on sports, music and art.

Teacher Touch Bondol said: “He [Kimchhen] always talks about morals, professionalism and a sense of duty.”

Kong San Ratana, the mother of three pupils, said they previously attended a private school. “Before, I was not interested in Wat Bo. But I visited with my aunt and saw how well organised it was.

“The students were respectful and polite – raising their hands and taking off their shoes,” she said, adding with a big smile: “There’s no rubbish either!”

MOST VIEWED

  • Draft law on state of emergency pending finalisation

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a top-level meeting on Tuesdays to review the draft law on imposing a state of emergency. Meantime, he has decided to close all casinos in Cambodia effective April 1. In the press conference after the National Assembly met today, Hun

  • Stranded passengers petition UK for help

    Some 10,521 foreigners in Cambodia, the bulk being from the UK, have signed an online petition calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant officials to fly them out of the Kingdom. The petition is targeted at 15,000 foreigners. Among them are nearly 200 Europeans, the majority

  • State of emergency on table amid pandemic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, his deputy prime ministers and legal team will meet on Tuesday to review the draft law on declaring a state of emergency, as Covid-19 cases rose to 107 in the Kingdom on Monday. Speaking at a press conference after a parliament meeting

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Force majeure and legal consequences

    Is the Covid-19 pandemic considered an event of force majeure? The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Following this declaration, the Ministry of Health and other ministries have taken various legal and administrative measures to prevent the rapid

  • PM set to mend ties with US

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded to US Congressman Ted Yoho, saying he is ready to improve Cambodia-US relations, and not take up issues of disagreements which have become a barrier between the two countries’ bilateral cooperation. His response to Yoho came after the congressman

  • Mysterious century-old structure found at bottom of Angkor pond

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has discovered a mysterious 1,000-year-old structure of a wooden building at the bottom of a pond after the Angkor Wat temple’s conservation team completed restoring its northern cave. The deputy director at ANA’s Angkor International Research and Documentation