Knar teachers Chenda and Sovanny have offered to hold high school prep English classes for graduating students during the summer break.
This year the PLF has 103 urban high school students on our rosters, all graduates from Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap. Some of these students are now in the 11th grade and have been asking us for computer classes. It costs anywhere from $15-30 per month to send a student to Computer Classes in Siem Reap, so we decided to address this challenge by building our own lab.
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In the Cambodian School System, there are “official teachers” who have finished grade 12 and had two years of University. These teachers are allowed to work both morning and afternoon sessions, enabling them to make some semblance of a living. In the urban areas, such as in Siem Reap proper, they can do private tutoring in order to augment the pittance they earn teaching at public school. In the countryside, things are much different.
October 1-5 marks the first day at school for each of the PLF supported schools. We are a veritable flurry of activity as we get 2400 students and their teachers prepared for a new school year, award bikes to the graduating 6th graders, organize English and computer classes and focus on the dormitory at Srayang.
The end of the school year means exam season around the world, and Tchey Primary School and Knar Primary School were no exception.
The PLF currently has 8 teachers enrolled in classes at Australian Center for Education, an English Language school in Siem Reap. These teachers are currently teaching English classes at Tchey and Knar School. They travel in from the countryside 3 days per week to attend classes.
We’ve been happy to sponsor several field trips in the last few months. The program, “Hands on History” is Ponheary’s method of delivering meaningful history lessons to Primary School children from Tchey, Knar and Koh Ker Schools.