Ministry to provide computers to all public schools

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Students use computers to study at Elswood Secondary School in Cape Town November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

The Education Ministry will provide a computer set to each public school in the Kingdom next year.

Chea Kim, a ministry finance department official, said at the National Workshop on the “Understanding of 2019 Budget Preparation” in Phnom Penh yesterday that the move is aimed at improving access to IT education, noting that most schools do not have equipment to use.

“In this era of technology, schools will find it difficult to improve the quality of education if they still do not have a computer to use,” she said. “That is why the Education Ministry asked the Finance Ministry to provide an allocation to buy the computer sets for distribution to all schools in the country.”

Ms Kim said that each school will be given about $1,000 to buy a computer and accessories, noting that more than 9,000 public schools, from the kindergarten to upper secondary level, will benefit.

Lay Tith, Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Thom High School deputy director, said yesterday that the school has six computers for use, but they are old and difficult to use.

He expressed relief over the announcement that the ministry will provide funds for each school to buy a computer set to use.

“Having a computer is very important because nowadays, in my school, we need one to manage and store students’ scores and other administrative work,” he said.

In March, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said that Cambodia has 14,189 public and private schools, including 5,632 kindergartens, 7,621 primary schools, 1,303 secondary schools and 633 high schools.

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