Education Ministry Cancels Holiday Program

The Ministry of Education has de­­cided to scrap a program that gives extra instruction for weak stu­dents during the holiday months, citing limited success, officials said Thursday.

Instead, the ministry will require teach­ers and peers to give extra in­s­truction to weak students during reg­ular school sessions from Oc­to­ber to July, said Chun Chheang­ly, director of the Ministry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Primary School De­part­ment.

“If students are weak, we have to train them now. We cannot wait un­til the holiday to train them,” Chun Chheangly said. “It would take a long time and would cause stu­dents to become weaker and weak­er,” he said.

He added that if teachers and strong­er students give more in­struc­tion to weak students during reg­ular class hours, they would be bet­­­ter able to catch up.

This, he said, is a “new technique for the new training program to help weak students.”

The ministry has for years been prov­iding instruction to struggling stu­dents over the annual three-month holiday, but it has seen little re­sults, Chun Chheangly said. Those extra holiday classes have been provided free of charge and are held four hours each day.

But as more students fall further be­hind, the drop-out rate has in­creased, he said.

However, Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian In­de­pen­dent Teachers’ Association, on Thurs­day said the cancellation of the holiday program will only hurt both students and teachers.

Teachers, who already earn a slim $30 average monthly wage, will not be able to make the additional $20 to $25 per month for les­sons they conduct during the holiday months, he said.


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