In Cambodia, one of our project objectives is to ensure that marginalized children who have dropped out of school or who are at risk of dropping out can quickly catch up and stay in school.
Remedial classes are one way to address the problems of repetition, drop-outs and to a lesser extent the effects of poor quality of teaching. Remedial classes assist slow learners to improve their school performance and reduce dropout rates, specifically in remote and economically deprived areas.
We are working in partnership with The Department of Education and schools in S’ang District in Cambodia’s Kandal province to identify out of school children and those at risk of dropping out. After identifying children from school records, we develop profiles using grade level, needs, home location, etc. and then work to recruit suitable and capable teachers.
In 2019, during school vacation (September and October), we launched 12 remedial classes. The classes focused on getting students up to speed to progress to the next level when school reopened in November. Our efforts also involved working with parents and families who had taken their children out of school because of economic necessity or because of low quality of teaching.
Overall, we had 122 students enrolled in our remedial classes and saw over 88% of these students pass their exams and progress to the next grade and enter the new academic year 2019-2020. The success is a result of the joint commitment from all the key stakeholders – parents, teachers, students, and your generous support.