The Education Ministry plans to increase the number of New Generation Schools to about 150 across the country in a bid to strengthen the education sector in a digital age.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron revealed the plan yesterday when the ministry launched an NGS school in Preah Yukunthor High School in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.
“This NGS is a kind of education reform. The students learn STEM while taking into mind the digital era and industrial evolution 4.0 to develop their ability to be ready for landing a better job in the future,” Mr Naron said, noting that the Preah Yukunthor NGS school has 75 students.
Presiding over the NGS launch, Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth said that he supported the Ministry of Education to create more NGS schools as there are now 11 throughout the country where students are excelling in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Mr Pornmoniroth said that the government agreed to disburse $407,000 to run the NGS School in Preah Yukunthor.
He said that next year, the government will earmark $922 million for the Education Ministry to strengthen the education sector.
“That budget is allocated for spending on school buildings, strengthening education quality, and running NGS schools,” he said.
Seet Ai Mee, director of E2STEM, said that her NGO has signed an MoU with the Education Ministry to expand STEM subjects at her school in Phnom Penh.
“We thank the Ministry of Education for signing the MoU. We are honored to support the ministry to expand this technology subject at state schools,” she said.
Try Sivmey, an 11th grade-student at Preah Yukunthor High School, said that it makes her happy to learn STEM.
“NGS focuses on technology subjects such as STEM. We learn a lot from internet, and computers with modern technology,” Ms Sivmey said.
She added that NGS schools are designed with a good programme which motivates students.
“NGS schools have a strict rule with attendance and study. They have modern classes with comfortable rooms. We feel we want to learn,” she noted.
According to the Education Ministry, the 11 NGS schools currently in the country are located at Sisowath High School, Preah Yukunthor High School, Hun Sen Kampong Cham High School, Hun Sen Peam Chikang High School, Hun Sen Kampong Cham Primary school, Preah Reach Akamohesey Primary School, Angkor Ban Primary School and Prohot Primary School.