Cambodia education minister extends school year by one month

The education minister cited the need to ensure the quality of student's education and fill gaps in their learning.

Voun Dara

Voun Dara

The Phnom Penh Post


Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron speaking at a press conference last week. Heng Chivoan

August 25, 2022

PHNOM PENH – The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has extended the 2021-2022 academic year, originally scheduled to end on October 31, an additional month to November 30, citing disruptions in learning in the first half of the year due largely to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

In a letter dated August 22 and addressed to the education departments across the country, minister Hang Chuon Naron said that in order to ensure the quality of students’ education and fill gaps in their learning, the ministry sees the need to delay the academic year by one month.

“Learning did not happen smoothly, as there was no full-time study from February to the end of April, due to the coronavirus.

“The end of year vacation will now run from December 1-31. The ministry will issue guidelines for the 2022-2023 academic year shortly,” said the letter.

It Naran, a grade 11 and 12 mathematics teacher at Chea Sim Rakchey High School in Reakchey commune of Prey Veng province’s Ba Phnom district, said her school had already received the letter.

“It is good that the ministry decided to postpone the end of academic year. Many students missed several months … I am pleased that I will have extra time to teach them the mathematics that they missed out on,” she said.

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