The ‘Developing Global Filipino Teachers’ program has been launched in Phnom Penh to equip and assists Filipino teachers in Cambodia.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine embassy in Phnom Penh launched the program “to equip, capacitate and enhance competencies of the 1,152 Filipinos teachers in Cambodia to qualify them for teaching positions and ensure higher salaries” reports the Philippine News Agency on October 24th 2020.
The Memorandum of Cooperation to introduce the “Developing Global Filipino Teachers” program will assist the 1,152 Filipino teachers in Cambodia. The program also intends to be able to ensure the Filipino teachers will be able to secure higher salaries.
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman, J. Prospero de Vera III, said a number of the teachers working in Cambodia were not licensed to teach due to lack of proper credentials.
De Vera said, “We cannot emphasise the importance of higher education in playing a critical role in the development of our citizens here and abroad. This memorandum of cooperation produces better collaboration and easier grasp of the problem at hand” reported the Manilla Bulletin.
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will have the opportunity through CHED to study and gain accreditation with partnered-universities. The Developing Global Filipino Teachers program is a collaboration between the Commission on Higher Education, the Philippine embassy in Phnom Penh, and Philippine universities including St. Paul University, Cebu Normal University, and the Philippine Normal University.
Under the Developing Global Filipino Teachers memorandum, those who are qualified for the program include:
- Professionals who are not graduates of the teacher education program who intend to take the Philippine Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
- In-service teachers who want to enhance their competencies and their impact in the classroom and beyond to understand global issues.
- Graduates of education program but have not passed the Philippine LET.
- Those Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
The Royal Cambodian Government agreed for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to reopen educational institutions in August 2020 after they closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MOEYS), between the academic year 2018 to 2019, 218,357 students were enrolled in 1,222 private schools nationwide, ranging from preschool to grade 12.
You can read more about our guide to Education in Cambodia.