Interior Minister Sar Kheng has called on all educators across the Kingdom to pursue education and conduct research so that they can catch up with modern technology to upgrade their students’ knowledge.
Mr Kheng’s appeal was made during a celebration for World Teachers’ Day on Saturday when more than 1,500 participants attended an event at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh.
“All teachers across the country have to develop more capacities in order to keep up with the ever-growing digital technology to bring the knowledge being taught to their students and to build up human resources with quality and capacities,” Mr Kheng said.
He said this year’s topic was to inspire teachers and educators to continue to study and conduct more research to gain new information and knowledge to teach students.
“In the digital era, Cambodia has now equipped classrooms with digital study tools, labs, libraries, and the internet in order to fulfil needs,” Mr Kheng said.
He also said despite modern technology, it is impossible to replace teachers’ roles.
“I am really interested in the topic: ‘Teacher’s quality is the foundation of the digital age’, which is a meaningful topic and very important in this circumstance,” Mr Kheng said.
Mr Kheng said that the Ministry of Education should improve the educational quality in the digital age, including digital education in national, regional and global contexts.
He said that the ministry should also establish a professional development system to enhance the qualifications and capabilities of all teachers at all levels, especially technology-based teaching and learning.
“The ministry has to continue to improve and develop new infrastructure for schools, classrooms, computer rooms and lecture rooms,” Mr Kheng said.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said on Saturday that educational institutes can organise digital education aimed at preparing new human resources.
“In the Education Strategic Plan 2019-2023, teachers are one of the five pillars to lead the reforms to improve the quality of education in Cambodia,” Mr Naron said. “Success of these reforms will depend on teachers’ performances, especially improving day-to-day teaching and learning practices in the classrooms.”
Unesco representative to Cambodia Sardar Umar Alam said in a statement that teachers play a pivotal role in achieving quality education.’
“Investing in teachers is one of the best investments to raise human capital of any country,” Mr Umar Alam said. “Cambodia is embarking on this path through prioritising teacher education, especially for young teachers, to equip them with the skillsets to prepare for 21st century challenges of teaching, to enable students to benefit from interactive learning and growing digital technologies.”
The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association on Saturday gathered at Freedom Park to celebrate the World Teachers’ Day; it also submitted a petition to the National Assembly and Education Ministry.
CITA’s petition called on the government to provide experimental tools, study instruments, and lesson books for both students and teachers.
It also requested bonuses be offered to teachers during Pchum Ben and Khmer New Year, and for a raise of the minimum wage for teachers.