Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has informed all education departments throughout the country to return schooling hours back to normal after the ministry ordered a half-hour cut due to the hot weather more than a month ago.
Mr Naron issued a letter on Wednesday informing all state schools to return to regular hours.
“I want to inform all department directors that the dry season and the hot weather have passed, and that the rainy season is arriving which is changing the weather back to normal,” Mr Naron said. “In order to comply with normal study and teaching hours, the ministry wants to advise all state education institutions to return to regular hours in its starting and finishing time.”
He noted that regular school sessions are divided into two, namely a morning session that runs from 7am to 11am, and an afternoon session that runs from 1pm to 5pm.
In late April, the Education Ministry instructed all municipal and provincial education departments to reduce school hours by 30 minutes due to the hot weather, proposing state schools to hold its morning sessions from 7am to 10.30am and afternoon sessions from 1.30pm to 5pm.
Tat Sreymom, a teacher at Boeung Moantor primary school in Battambang province’s Ratanak Mondol district, yesterday said that the school where she works had not followed the ministry’s instruction of reducing school hours. She noted that it was because the area where the school is located experienced a different kind of weather.
“The weather at almost every place in the Kingdom was very hot, but it was not hot at my school, even experiencing rain and storm sometimes,” Ms Sreymom said. “That’s why the school director asked us to continue with normal school hours for teaching and studying.”
She noted that during the hot weather in April and May, the school only changed its hours on four days before continuing with a regular schedule.
“I support the Education Minister for paying much attention to students, especially on their health and safety,” Ms Sreymom said, adding that the 160 students at her school did not experience any health issues during the ministry’s assigned modified hours.