The Ministry of Education is planning to establish a four-year bachelor’s degree programme, with Taekwondo as one of the subjects, for those interested in studying physical education in the Kingdom.
Ros Soveacha, spokesman for the ministry, yesterday said the National Institute of Education will provide accreditation for the bachelor’s degree. Taekwondo as a subject is supported by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Education Ministry and the Gyeonggi-do Taekwondo Association of South Korea.
Mr Soveacha said that students will not only receive a bachelor’s degree upon completion, but also learn the martial art.
“We will run the programme this year with 20 students whom we’ve selected out of 150 candidates,” he said. “It’s a new subject among other subjects, which we plan to add with the support of Japanese NGO Hearts of Gold with money and expertise.”
“Although the students already have a bachelor’s degree in physical education, they are just low-ranking teachers,” Mr Soveacha added. “However, if they are accredited by the national institute of Education, they will become professionals.”
He said that graduates can start their own Taekwondo clubs.
Mr Soveacha noted that Taekwondo is a popular sport among youths in Phnom Penh and other parts of the country, including the provinces of Siem Reap, Battabambang, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Kampot and Kandal.
He said that interest in Taekwondo peaked because it encourages young people to be physically and mentally healthy.
Mr Soveacha said the sport could also bring glory to the Kingdom, adding that gold medallist Sorn Seavmey competed in the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.