The Education Ministry yesterday said it has plans to expand its School-Based Management to all public schools by 2030 to strengthen learning in the digital age.
NGS follows the charter school model, which is defined as a publicly funded independent school established by teachers, parents or community groups under the terms of a charter with a local or national authority.
Education Ministry spokesman Dy Khamboly, speaking at a press conference yesterday, explained the programme is currently offered in 11 primary and secondary schools across the capital and several provinces as part of the ministry’s 2019-2023 initiative and it is now planning to expand the programme to other schools.
“We have different models such as SBM schools. We pilot in 100 schools and will expand it at all levels of education,” Mr Kamboly said. “We also want to reach the level of NGS but need to consider our resources,”
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, during an NGS launching at the Preah Yukunthor High School in Phnom Penh in December, said the programme focuses on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics to prepare students for industry 4.0 [the fourth industrial revolution] and employment.
According to the ministry, there are 13,300 public schools in the Kingdom with over three million students and more than 120,000 teachers and other faculty members.
Mr Khamboly said the NGS programme is part of the government’s commitment to improving the Kingdom’s education system and teacher development.
“These are the commitments of the ministry in response to the government’s strategy and reforms for the fourth mandate,” he said.