Phnom Penh (FN), Apr. 2 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that in order to achieve better educational outcomes, there is a need for strengthening education from the grassroots level.

The premier spoke on Tuesday (Mar. 2) during the closing 2023 annual meeting of the Ministry of Education at Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

Samdech Thipadei underscored, "Education is not a day or 12 years or 16 years. We need a lifetime of education, a lifetime of training, and teachers must learn. Even I, the Prime Minister, study every day. Learn about the problems that arise, learn to solve new problems. However, what is fundamental to ensuring the quality of human resources is education, especially at the grassroots level."

Prime Minister Hun Manet added that strengthening the foundation is crucial for ensuring high-quality human resources, extending beyond kindergarten, primary, and secondary education into higher education. He underlined the need for Cambodia to develop highly skilled and competitive human resources to effectively compete with other countries.

To enhance the quality of human resource training, Samdech Thipadei set a goal to introduce two additional hours of study time in 50 primary schools.

The premier further continued the role of schools as public service units that should provide not only education but also medical care, physical fitness, and behavioral guidance to students. He stressed the importance of schools adopting proactive governance and encouraging the participation of all stakeholders, especially the community and parents.

At the same time, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet expressed support for the Ministry's evaluation of schools at three levels and recognized 120 model schools in the initial phase for their achievements and academic results. He applauded the collaborative efforts of school management, teachers, students, and families in developing these schools as exemplary public service units with clean facilities and effective leadership.