The National Institute of Education has set up a centre aimed at strengthening teaching methods for new generation schools.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron on Thursday inaugurated the New Generation Pedagogical Research Centre which will focus on pedagogical counselling to meet the human resources needs of new generation schools.
Chan Roath, the centre’s manager, said at the launch that it cost $110,000 to set up with construction of the building starting in May and finishing in October.
He noted that funding came from the Finance Ministry and development partners such as Child Fund, Frank Family Foundation and Kampuchea Action to Promote Education.
Mr Roath said the first batch of 25 first-year teacher trainees were selected to undergo a one-year course after they had passed an examination on their capacity.
“The New Generation of Pedagogical Research Center is located in the National Institute of Education and has been set up to meet the human resources needs of the new generation schools,” he said. “We see that there is a shortage of teaching methods, especially for new teachers.”
Mr Roath added that they aim to strengthen teaching methods in an attractive and effective way.
He noted that post-graduate trainers will familiarise teachers on teaching methodology, especially in formulating tutorials, preparation of lessons and effective classroom management and teaching.
According to the Asian Society of Teachers for Research, the New Generation Pedagogical Research Center is its fourth member.
It said the centre is an autonomous unit within the National Institute of Education and has been empowered by the Education Ministry to confer a Master’s Degree of Education in Professional Ethics, Teaching and Mentoring to graduates who successfully complete the one-year course.
In his speech at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Naron last week said that before establishing the centre, ministry officials had visited some international schools both in the country and abroad to get more information about teaching methods.
“In 2020, the ministry will receive a budget from the Ministry of Finance to create a Centre for Digital Education in its Institute of Technology,” he noted. “We will then connect the Centre for Digital Education with new generation schools and the New Generation Pedagogical Research Centre in order to make our work sustainable.”
Mr Naron told the 25 trainees that he hoped that they will succeed in obtaining their master’s degree in both theoretical and practical training to become instructors at the Teacher Education College in the future.