By: Heng Pheakdey
Education shares many similarities with businesses. It is a provider of services – knowledge, advice, assessment and guidance. Just like other service industries, education has its customer, which include students, student’s parents, future employers, government and society as a whole.
The education sector is transforming as a result of changes in the way people view schools. Expectations for better performance in terms of teaching and producing competent graduates are increasing. Continuously improving quality is the only way schools can keep up with the new standard.
By Heng Pheakdey
Until very recently, to get the job you want, all you need is to have the right hard skills which refer to the technical skills necessary to perform your job. For instance, to be a journalist, you need to know how to write a good story; to be a teacher, you to know how to teach; to be an accountant, you need good math and know how to operate accounting software and so on.
BY HANG CHUON NARON AND ANNE LEMAISTRE
We know that literacy is the basis for lifelong learning that contributes to poverty reduction, democratization, and sustainable development. Literacy is critical for improving quality of life by allowing literate citizens to seek alternative solutions for enhancing health and nutrition, empowering citizens to proactively participate in community development, and inspiring citizens to value gender equality for the attainment of overall family happiness.
“Literacy not only changes lives, it saves them,” said Unesco director-general Irina Bokova, aptly summing up the importance of literacy. This year, International Literacy Day is devoted to the connection between “Literacy and Sustainable Development.”
By: Heng Pheakdey
Thinking skill is often taken for granted because many of us tend to believe that we all can all think. But the question is how well can we think? Fuzzy or flawed thinking can lead to ineffective decisions and result in undesirable consequences.
Critical thinking is defined as a disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence. Critical thinkers are able to differentiate between fact and fiction, evaluate the information presented to them, rather than jumping to conclusions or accepting things at face value.
Educational Reform: A long-term Strategy to Prepare Cambodia’s Youth for ASEAN Integration
By: Heng Pheakdey
In 1997 the ASEAN Leaders agreed to transform ASEAN into a stable, prosperous, and highly competitive region with equitable economic development, and reduced poverty and socio-economic disparities. Ten years later, at the 12th ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the leaders affirmed their strong commitment by signing the Cebu Declaration on the Acceleration of the Establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015. This community will enable free movement of goods, services, capital investment, and skilled labor within the region.
By: Phoak Kung
Corruption is one of the greatest challenges for Cambodia’s future political and economic development. Speaking during the first Cabinet meeting on September 26, 2013, Prime Minister Hun Sen indicated that the fight against corruption would be a top priority for the government in its fifth mandate. And the growing consensus is that corruption in the education system must be urgently addressed because it may have broader implications on efforts to tackle the problem of corruption in other government institutions.
Teachers the key to the future
Teachers play a key role in the development of children, supporting them to gain knowledge and become responsible and productive members of society. One of the most important aspects of any society is the younger generation; they represent the future direction and course that society will take. Teachers can enrich a generation of children so that the future is a safe, secure and better place to live for every person in the society.
Literacy playing a key role
Literacy is a fundamental human right as well as a foundation for life-long learning and continued human capital development for inclusive and sustainable development. Literacy and development have a very close relationship. Evidence shows a very high direct link between the literacy attainment of people and the development status of a country. The higher the literacy rate, the higher the socio-economic and human development of a nation.
By Kenneth Wilson
Numerous studies by multilateral agencies, academic institutions, businesses and governmental internal reviews have all come to the same basic conclusion: Cambodia’s educational system needs immediate and serious attention. There has been great progress in the past years, starting from almost nothing in the early 1980s, but much more attention is needed now.
Cheating blights our schools
By: You Sokunpanha
High-school seniors in Cambodia are anxiously awaiting the results of the school-leaving examination they sat just over two weeks ago. For many, the exam was the culmination of years of hard work and gruelling preparation. How they performed in it is crucial, because it will determine their chance of a place in university, which will, in turn, help or harm their future employment prospects. Sadly, there was evidence of widespread bribery and cheating during the exam.
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