Economy and Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth said the Cambodian education sector is working on digital reform in line with Cambodia’s digital socio-economic policies for 2021-2035.

Pornmoniroth made the remarks during the annual meeting of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, which was held at the Cambodia Institute of Technology on April 25.

“I am really delighted and proud to see that our education sector is moving towards digital reform. Such reforms are the right answer to Cambodia’s digital socio-economic policies for 2021-2035,” he said.

He also said he appreciates the leaders of the Ministry of Education and all education officials at all levels for doing their best to teach students during the pandemic and for following health and safety measures. ensured that the reopening of the school went smoothly.

He said it was important to move towards education in digital format, because young people identify with this new way of learning which is modern and of high quality, especially now with the advances in technology and Internet speeds that have been achieved.

Pornmoniroth said building the capacity of students, youth and the general public to use technology effectively and smartly is key to ensuring Cambodia’s comparative advantage in the region.

“I really support digital education initiatives aimed at strengthening the digital literacy of students and young people in order to obtain economic and digital advantages and to make the young generation able to benefit from new technologies and digital markets”, a- he declared.

Education Minister Sports Hang Chuon Naron said there are a total of 18,430 public and private schools across the country, including 3,083 community kindergartens as well as 13,681 public schools and 1,666 schools. private for levels 1 to 12.

He also noted that there were a total of 3,589,025 students – 71,399 at kindergarten level, 3,277,076 in public schools and 240,550 in private schools.

Across the country, there are 130 higher education institutions, 48 ​​of which are public while the remaining 82 are private. A total of 198,363 students are studying at the tertiary level, according to Chuon Naron.

He said that this year, the ministry has issued reform measures in the third phase to build the digital system and develop its capacity through the application of results-based management with solutions for each sub-sector of the system. ‘education.

Foroogh Foyouzat, UNICEF Representative in Cambodia, said the pandemic has brought many challenges to the education sector related to distance education and its applications.

She however said that the pandemic has also given Cambodia a new impetus and opportunity to unlock digital learning at all levels of education.

“Building on the significant progress made over the past two years, new efforts and

Investments are needed to ensure that every child has access to the best available learning facilitated by technology.

“We, Cambodia’s development partners, stand ready to provide the necessary support to improve digital connectivity, accessibility, platforms and content, as well as to improve the digital skills of students and teachers,” he said. she declared.

She recommended further strengthening non-formal education and promoting alternative pathways for learning and skills development, including through digital education, equivalency programs, and technical and vocational education.

She said that while no concrete evidence was yet available, it was likely that the number of out-of-school children and young people in the Kingdom had increased due to the impacts of Covid-19 and prolonged school closures across the country. middle of the pandemic.