The KIX EMAP Hub is providing Rapid Customised Country Support (RCCS) to Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) to address the challenge of teacher oversupply in cities, such as the capital city of Phnom Penh, while there is a shortage of qualified teachers in all levels of rural schools and in specific secondary level subjects.
This KIX EMAP RCCS endeavour will analyse schools in Phnom Penh, where data is available and the issue of teacher oversupply is acute. It was agreed to focus on immediate actions that are in the sole jurisdiction of MoEYS, even though a close cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Service and Ministry of Economy and Finance will be necessary for long-term solutions.
As part of the KIX EMAP commitment to strengthen national capacity, Dr. Bilal Barakat, a former Senior Policy Analyst at UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report with more than fifteen years of experience in education policy analysis, has been selected as an expert to advise the policy experts in Cambodia. He will work closely with Dr. Chankoulika Bo, Director of the Department of Policy at MoEYS, and Cambodian national and municipal experts to share his knowledge and experience and guide the colleagues in MoEYS on what data is needed and how it has to be used for accurate human resource projections.
Dr. Barakat will support the production of three outputs:
- Data quality and availability assessment for Phnom Penh with suggestions, if applicable, on how to improve the current database for teacher supply projections.
- Projections of how many teachers are needed in three distinct scenarios.
- Suggestions on next steps, developed in collaboration with the KIX EMAP Principal Researcher, Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi.
The RCCS work is already underway and is expected to conclude by the end of October.