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Private education sector thriving nationwide

Jan 24, 2023

Source by: Hang Punreay / Khmer Times

The private education sector is thriving in Cambodia because there is an increase in talented human resources, a senior official said.

Heng Vanda, head of the Cambodian Higher Education Association, said yesterday that the quantity and quality of the private education sector has grown along with the Cambodian economy.

“From 1996 to the present, the number of students in the private sector has increased steadily. More than 100,000 students have pursued a higher education,” Vanda said.

He said that the private education sector is managed by the Ministry of Education. However, some schools are managed by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and yet others are supervised by various different ministries.

He added that without education, there is no development and economic growth, because a society which can grow depends on education.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for students at Cambodian University of Specialties yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the private sector is very important for the improvement of education, especially with respect to developing human resources.

He added that the government has done a lot of work to provide education and training to people by strengthening the educational sector, from primary schools up to institutions of higher education.

Mr Hun Sen said the government has permitted the private sector to invest in education, including technical and vocational training, in a bid to build and sustain more human resources across the country.

He said the private sector has engaged with the education sector since 1989.

“I am still proud of making the right decision, permitting the private sector to invest in the education sector,” he said.

He said that if the private sector was not allowed to invest in education, Cambodia would fail to provide an opportunity for students who had failed their first exam. Meanwhile, state universities admit a maximum number of 10,000 students a year. That means tens of thousands of young people will not be able to continue their education.

He added that the quality of education is not a one-day affair, it must evolve daily. Many other countries constantly try to improve their education systems, especially because science and technology are evolving quickly side by side with new economic developments.

Mr Hun Sen emphasised that the country needs to build capacity through education and training.

According to a report on the key achievements between 2017 and 2021, there are a total of 128 higher education institutions nationwide. Of these, 48 are state higher education institutions and 80 are private universities located throughout

the nation.

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