Monday, October 6, 2008

Cambodian government questions the current quality of education

Updated October 6, 2008 14:09:23

Cambodia's Ministry of Education Youth and Sport says the government isn't satisfied with the current quality of education.

The Ministry's higher education deputy director general, Mak Ngoy, says increasing the number of higher education institutions is a positive sign, but the country is struggling with the hard task of strengthening quality.

In 2000, there were 10 post-secondary institutions in Cambodia. Now there are 70 private and state-run universities.

Mak Ngoy says most programs offered by those institutions are dismal.

Qualified university professors complain that many students rarely do their work and cheating is rampant.

Royal University of Phnom Penh rector, Lav Chhiv Eav, says a number of students are content to pay for a degree and do not realise the benefit of a good education.

He says some students are scared of studying hard and think what they need is any degree, not quality and the final result will be joblessness.

The education ministry says more than 135,000 Cambodians are currently enrolled in some form of higher education, compared to just 25,000 eight years ago.

According to the Economic Institute of Cambodia only one in 10 recent university graduates have found work.

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