A serious problem in Cambodia is the
residents' lack of education. The school system was
virtually crushed by the Red Khmer in the 1970s. An
entire generation grew up without learning to read and
write. Illiteracy is now steadily declining and almost
all children are starting school, although many still do
not complete their studies.
The Vietnam-supported regime that began after the Red
Khmer in 1979 began to rebuild the school system, but
many textbooks were politically colored
(Vietnam-friendly) and higher education was reserved for
young people whose parents were members of the power
elite. Even today, there is a shortage of schools,
teaching materials and educated teachers, and the
quality of education is thus low.
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The children start school at the age of six and have
formal schooling for nine years. Tuition is free of
charge, but it does not apply to school uniforms, books
and other materials. Many also have a long way to go to
school. This contributes to many children being absent
or leaving school altogether, especially in rural areas.
Children from poor families often have to help with
their livelihood. By the middle of the 2010s, seven out
of ten boys and eight out of ten girls completed the
first six school years.
With the support of assistance, there are
scholarships for high school students that allow more
people to stay in school. In 2015, eight out of ten
students went on to the three-year high school, but
significantly fewer completed the studies.
According to official statistics from 2013, almost
every third person aged 15-25 had completed all nine
school years. In the 20-25 age group, only one of ten
had high school grades. Of those over the age of 25, the
proportion with less than six years of schooling was
close to 40 percent.
In Phnom Penh there are universities, art college,
technical college, teacher college, agricultural college
and a variety of vocational schools. Only a few percent
of Cambodians get college education.
FACTS - EDUCATION
Proportion of children starting primary
90.6 percent (2017)
Number of pupils per teacher in primary
Reading and writing skills
80.5 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on education as a
percentage of GDP
9.1 percent (2014)
Public expenditure on education as a
percentage of the state budget
9.1 percent (2014)
Budget is adopted without CNRP
Parliament adopts a state budget for 2014, despite the fact that almost half
of its members boycott the work.
Temple conflict is decided in Cambodia's favor
The International Court of Justice in The Hague decides in Cambodia's favor
in the border dispute with Thailand about land areas around the Preah Vihear
Temple (see Foreign Policy and Defense).
Protests against the election result continue
CNRP hosts several demonstrations to protest the election results.
New Parliament is set up without CNRP
The Constitutional Council rejects all allegations of irregularities. The
newly elected parliament begins its work, but CNRP members boycott it. Hun Sen
is elected prime minister for a new five-year term. The opposition organizes
large demonstrations in protest against the election result, some violence
Accusations of election fraud should be investigated
Since the opposition accused the government of electoral fraud, the CPP and
CNRP agree to appoint a committee to investigate the allegations.
Two parties claim rolling victories
Elections are held for the lower house of the National Assembly. Eight
parties participate, but only two get seats in the assembly. The CPP claims that
it won the 68-seat election against 55 for the CNRP and claims victory. CNRP, on
the other hand, claims it has won, with 63 seats against 60 for the CPP.
Sam Rainsy is pardoned
Sam Rainsy, who has lived in exile since 2009, is pardoned by the King, at
the advice of Prime Minister Hun Sen. A week later, Rainsy returns to Cambodia,
but he has no right to stand in the election.
Illegally deny the crimes of the Red Khmer
The National Assembly adopts a new law that makes it illegal to deny or
trivialize the Red Khmer crimes against humanity in the 1970s. Assessors believe
that the law is directed at CNRP leader Kem Sokha (see July 2012)
who has been accused in state media of denying the existence of a prison under
the Red Khmer regime.
Oppositionists are excluded from Parliament
The National Assembly decides to exclude members elected for SRP and HRP,
since both parties have now formed CNRP (see October 2012).
Dozens of injured in connection with demonstrations
Over 20 protesters are injured in connection with protests against evictions
at Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh (see August 2011). Over 30
factory workers are injured when police crack down on protests against low wages
and dangerous work environments.
The radio journalist gets his sentence lowered
An appeals court refuses certain charges against radio journalist Mom Sonando
and lowers his sentence to five years of conditional sentence, after which he is
released (see October 2012).
The Foreign Minister of the Red Khmer dies
Ieng Sary, one of the prosecutors of the Red Khmer tribunal, dies without the
end of the trial against him (see Political system).
Kung Sihanouk is buried
Tens of thousands of Cambodians attend King Sihanouk's state funeral. A
number of foreign dignitaries are also participating, including France's Prime
Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.