A primary school from China on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a primary school in Phnom Penh on an exchange programme aimed at improving the quality of education in the Kingdom.
Chea Cheat, an Education Ministry undersecretary of state, on Tuesday said China’s Chongqing Bashu Primary School signed the MoU with Preah Norodom Primary School in a bid to upgrade teaching methods.
“This MoU will promote the teaching standards of teachers at the primary school level to be on par with their international counterparts,” he said.
Mr Cheat added that the Chinese school will impart its teaching experience through an exchange programme involving teachers and students from both countries, and also boost ties through cooperation in the arts and linguistics.
He noted this was the first time an MoU has been signed between primary schools from both countries.
“During the MoU signing ceremony, the ministry requested the Chinese school to expand its programme to other primary schools in the Kingdom,” Mr Cheat said.
Meas Chhor Poan, Preah Norodom Primary School director, yesterday said he hopes the MoU with Chongqing Bashu will help improve the quality of teaching in his school.
He added teachers in his school will work to improve their proficiency in English and Mandarin and also upgrade their IT skills to make it easier to deal with their Chinese counterparts.
“The Chinese school promised to provide modern teaching tools, to our school to upgrade the level of education,” Mr Chhor Poan noted.
Ong Vanthol, a parent who was present at the ceremony, said she has two children studying in Preah Norodom school.
“The standard of teaching in this state school is high and that is why I have enrolled both my children here,” she said.
Earlier this month, the Education Ministry handed over nearly 200 tablet and laptops to some schools in Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh as part of efforts to promote digital education in state schools.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron noted that the items were donated by the education department of Busan Metropolitan City in South Korea.