Prime Minister Hun Sen announced his vision yesterday of opening a state university in every province, several of which he said already have one.
Speaking at the inauguration of the newly constructed University of Kratie in Kratie province’s Kratie town, Mr Hun Sen said it was his idea and ambition to have at least one state university per province.
“We set out the vision to have one state university in every province and we have already started with some provinces,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen said that in 2002 he set a vision to have a secondary school in every commune and later when some communes increased in size, he changed it to at least one secondary school per commune.
“What we really want is one state university per province. So far we have state universities in some provinces, including Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Siem Reap,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Today, we launched one more state university in Kratie province, which is a part of developing our Kingdom of Cambodia through the training of human resources.”
Meanwhile, the premier also called on all parents to send their children to school and not stop their education by having them to help with housework, such as taking care of younger siblings, cooking and looking after the home.
“I want to appeal to parents to use this opportunity for their children. They should not think about the wealth that they can share to their children. They can eat for their whole lives. Wealth can be stolen, but knowledge cannot be stolen,” said Mr Hun Sen.
Ouk Chhayavy, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, said yesterday it was good Mr Hun Sen has a vision to build state universities in every province, but he should pay attention to teachers as well.
“I support his vision and I think it is good that Mr Hun Sen wants to do this because it will help students who do not have the ability to continue their studies at a university in the capital,” she said.
“But Mr Hun Sen has to think about the teachers as well and not only think about creating the universities.”