MoEYS To Pilot STEM in Cambodian Schools

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) has planned to select 10 percent of schools in Cambodia to pilot the application of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) toward quality upgrading in order to catch up with the latest development.

Minister of MoEYS H.E. Hang Chuon Naron informed journalists about the planning when joining the three-day Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival, the third of its kind, which kicked off yesterday at the National Olympic Stadium here in Phnom Penh.

Roughly one tenth or 200 schools in Cambodia, said H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, will be identified as 'new generation' learning institutions for STEM mainstreaming and 36 others as resource schools.

According to Live Science's online definition, "STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - in an interdisciplinary and applied approach."

"Rather than teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world application," added the online source.

In preparation for this, MoEYS has so far strengthened exams, exposed students to STEM lessons, and capacitated teachers to teach the discipline.

Enabling regular showcasing like the science and engineering festival also contributes significantly to the government's effort to promote STEM in Cambodia's education.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press