Phnom Penh (FN), Apr. 2 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that the establishment of the new generation school program, model school program, or regular school program is not intended for competition but rather to strengthen education and be gradually implemented when feasible.

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

On that occasion, Samdech Thipadei underlined that the Royal Government of Cambodia has set up a National Committee to organise the new generation school program, with the initial focus on implementing it in the first 50 primary schools.

"The creation of new generation schools, model schools, or regular schools doesn't entail direct competition. While we cannot roll out this initiative to all 10,000 schools simultaneously, we can start with 50 to 100 schools and learn from them," Samdech Thipadei added.

The premier further continued, "The advancement of human education cannot be postponed until every school is ready or until the new generation school programs are fully implemented, or until adequate funds are available. It necessitates innovation and program enhancements."

On the occasion, Prime Minister Hun Manet also announced plans to trial the program in an additional 50 schools in the near future to identify key strategies for extending the school day from the current three and a half hours to five hours.

Samdech Thipadei affirmed that once sufficient resources and funding are secured, the new generation school program will be expanded to encompass all schools nationwide.