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Concern over dropouts migrating for jobs

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People attend the workshop yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

Education Minister Hang Choun Naron yesterday voiced concern over the number of school dropouts who migrate to work as labourers in other countries.

Speaking at a workshop to review a Unseco report on Global Education Monitoring yesterday, Mr Choun Naron said education was key to addressing the migration problem in the Kingdom.

He said many people who lack education move from one province to another or abroad to seek jobs.

Mr Choun Naron noted that a high number of school dropouts at the border in Battambang province are migrating to Thailand to seek jobs there.

He said that teachers should advise students to finish their education instead of dropping out of school to work abroad.

Mr Choun Naron also said that more technical schools should be built so that students who fail in their exams can learn skills to get jobs easily.

“To reduce migration, we must create more local jobs and have more technical schools and professional institutions to help those who finish school to find work easily,” he said.

Referring to the Unesco report, Mr Choun Naron said it gives Cambodia the chance to learn from other countries’ experiences in dealing with migration and education issues.

“I suggest to the ministry official in charge of policy to use this Unesco report to formulate a national policy to find a solution to the migration problem,” he said.

According to report issued by the Education Ministry yesterday, policies are in place now to help increase access to education for children under five years old.

It said that last year 41.3 percent of children attended preschool.

The report said that the ministry is formulating policies aimed at ensuring that all boys and girls have access to quality pre-school and school education by 2030.

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