‘Half a million students’ see better academic results after SEIP

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron speaks at the closing ceremony of the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) on July 29. MOEYS

Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Hang Chuon Naron said that nearly 500,000 students have achieved better academic results thanks to the positive impacts of the implementation of the five-year plan of the improvement project. secondary education (SEIP), which started in 2017 and ended this year. year.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of SEIP on July 29 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), he said that through this project, 300 to 600 head teachers and 2,134 teachers have all received additional training as educators and has had a positive impact on up to 700 schools and nearly half a million students, resulting in improved educational outcomes.

He commended the management and stakeholders who successfully implemented the project as well as the spirit of collaboration towards a common goal with the participation of stakeholders and guidance from the project manager as well.

“The ultimate goal of this project is to transform it from a project for the improvement of secondary education into a mechanism for the reform of the whole education sector at the school level and to adopt other reform mechanisms such as improving schools and the education system,” he said.

Lor Chhorvanna, Project Manager of SEIP, said the project has been implemented over the past five years and spent about $40 million from July 6, 2017 to July 29.

Chhorvanna said the project selected 100 target schools located in 67 districts across the country.

“The objective of SEIP was to expand lower secondary education to achieve minimum standards in the target areas and to provide an immediate and effective response in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency,” he said.

“Results from implementation over five years were expected to have 20,000 students as beneficiaries, but actual results saw over 450,000 benefits or a 20x increase in expected results,” he said.

Chhorvanna said that this result could be due to the movement of students from neighboring schools to the target school as part of pandemic planning, thus increasing the number of students and beneficiaries of this project by up to 20 times. provided that.

As expected, about 50% of female students were expected from the project, but in fact they reached 52.3%, which is higher than expected. And the target schools expected to receive the minimum standard were 70, but the actual results were 94 target schools that benefited. However, six schools did not meet the project’s minimum standards.

“As part of the project implementation, we looked at both successes and failures, such as the six schools that did not meet the minimum standards. We had conducted the study and found that they faced human resources in the implementation of this project.

“Assessing the project, we see that the project has been very successful, satisfied, with the support and approval of all partners and relevant ministries and institutions,” he said.

World Bank Education Specialist No Fata praised the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economy for working together to implement the project more successfully than expected.

“When we use the word ‘success’ in the World Bank system, we have regular evaluations. We do the evaluation every six months. We have a support mission,” he said.

He said that since the beginning of the fourth year of project implementation, this project has been considered one of the most satisfactory undertaken within the institution as the first educational project and among the most appreciated at the both by international and internal economists.

“The evaluation covers many sectors. We looked at implementation, sustainability, institutional capacity, project work process and institutional strength for the capacity of this project. The project is a success and it is mainly implemented in Cambodia, so we have shown that we can achieve these results quickly,” he said.

He said the World Bank has used all this experience to implement its next project, called the General Knowledge Enhancement Project, which has been contracted since the end of June.

The next project could take advantage of this experience and potentially expand it to 1,000 primary schools, 420 secondary schools and 210 kindergartens.

“The experience from this project will be taken and used in the next project. We will also move from school management to a school community strategy,” he said.

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