T HE British Embassy has given $50,000 to Buengtrabak High School, the only
school in the country which taught English pre-1975.
The grant will be
used to renovate 34 classrooms, repair 12 toilets, provide electricity and
In a ceremony at the school British ambassador
David Burns said his country wished to improve Cambodian education especially
through providing materials to learn English.
He said: "The English
language is the most widely spoken in the world and will be very beneficial to
"It is important in business and culture and thus the
learning of the language will afford Cambodian's great opportunities for
The British embassy has assisted the training of Cambodian
The Buengtrabak school had no English teachers until
two years ago when the government provided them with seven teachers.
principal of the high school, Lon Cheng Key, said: "For 10 years the school had
no assistance from government or NGOs.
"The school only survived through
the contributions made by pupils' parents.
"I would like this school to
be famous again, like it was before the war."
The former SOC government
banned the study of Western languages and forced schools teach Vietnamese and