In an effort to elevate the quality of education in Cambodia, the Ministry of Education has established five standards for public primary schools to attain model status. These standards encompass student performance, teaching and learning effectiveness, community participation, operational school management, and school accountability.
Minister Hang Chuon Naron emphasizes the importance of implementing these model school standards, recognized by Prime Minister Hun Manet, to enhance education quality across Cambodia. The ministry has outlined essential measures and indicators to achieve this goal, including strengthening school governance, revising curricula, and tailoring extracurricular activities to promote knowledge, discipline, ethics, and positive student behavior.
To safeguard student health, the ministry will implement child nutrition programs and monitor school food quality. Additionally, fostering active engagement among parents, guardians, and the community aligns with the state’s partnership-focused approach to education.
President Ouk Chhayavy of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA) acknowledges the extra effort required from teachers to reinforce teaching practices under the model school standard initiative. She stresses the need for the ministry to allocate additional funds to schools to ensure the successful implementation of this program.
Prime Minister Hun Manet officially launched the model standard school initiative during the 26th Teachers’ Day celebrations in October. He also introduced the “Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Award” to recognize schools that maintain these standards throughout the 2023-2024 academic year.
The Prime Minister urged all stakeholders to actively contribute to the comprehensive development of all schools, from kindergartens to secondary schools, aligning them with the government and education ministry’s standards to ensure high efficiency.