Education reforms in Cambodia: issues and concerns

  • Charlene Tan
Original Paper


This paper discusses the key issues and concerns in the Cambodian government’s efforts to implement three priority education policies for 2006–2010: ensure equitable access to education; increase quality and efficiency of the education services; and promote institutional development and capacity building for decentralisation. This paper identifies the prevailing problems of low enrolment, high dropout rates and high repetition rates of students in public schools. The paper further explores some concerns which may hinder the government from achieving the desired outcomes in the priority policies: the high opportunity cost of schooling; the heavy education costs due to teachers charging informal fees from students; and the localised socio-cultural setting where transparency, accountability and meritocracy are difficult to achieve.


Cambodia Concerns Education policy Issues Reforms Decentralisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Policy and Leadership Studies, National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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