Ministry of Education, Gov’t To Relocate School

The government and the Mini­stry of Education, Youth and Sport have agreed to relocate a Phnom Penh public school to a new facility outside the city, ministry officials said Monday.

Chea Oeurn, the ministry’s di­rector of administration and fi­nance, said the government will transfer the Dech Chou Dam Din school grounds and building to the Phan-imex company, which will in turn pay for the construction of a $1.6 million school and sports complex in the Russei Keo district of Phnom Penh.

The school occupies a 6,000-square-meter plot in the Prampi Makara district and has belonged to the ministry since 1994, when it was turned into a training facility for coaches. The new school will be built on a 3,700-square- meter swath of land in Svay Pak commune.

The ministry will make the deal official with a signing ceremony shortly after the Pchum Ben holiday, Chea Oeurn said. Construc­tion will begin after the agreement has been signed and will take six months.

Um Hoeung, the Phnom Penh’s director of education, said the city was unable to keep the school in the hands of the municipality. The city would have preferred to turn the school into a much needed primary school since there are just 100 public primary schools for 150,000 students in Phnom Penh, he said.

In the last two years, each class in primary schools has increased by more than 50 to 60 children each year, Um Hoeung said. The increase, he said, was due to the government’s policy of free education to the poor and NGO support of education for the poor.

The Phan-imex company could not be reached for comment.

The new complex will consist of a three-story building, basketball and tennis courts, as well as facilities for other sports, and will continue to be the training facility for coaches, Chea Oeurn said. The ministry trains 120 coaches every year and the old facility is too small, he said.



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