The education ministry is focusing on enhancing materials and teaching methods for a specialised curriculum supporting students with hearing and visual impairments in Cambodia, thereby promoting the development of disabled individuals.

Serey Chhumneas, secretary of state for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, said during the closing ceremony of a workshop in Kep province on recently that the goal is to revise the detailed curriculum for special education schools serving students with sensory impairments, ensuring curriculum consistency from Grade 1 to 6 across all such schools.

He thanked the leaders of the Department of Special Education and trainees for their dedicated programme efforts, adherence to lessons and preparation of implementation reports for other schools.

“The education ministry prioritises materials and techniques for special education students. We aim for sustainability and excellence in nurturing human resources, especially for students with disabilities in Cambodia,” he was quoted as saying in a ministry social media post.

Kong Samneang, head of the Federation of Education Services in Cambodia, congratulated disabled individuals, with a special emphasis on those who are hearing and visually impaired, on receiving assistance from the ministry. He urged the ministry to expand these services further.

“The ministry should expand its reach, not only in Phnom Penh but also in the provinces. Increasing dormitories and study centres would bring individuals with disabilities together for education and training,” he proposed.

The education ministry offers special education from kindergarten to high school, available in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Kandal.

The curriculum aligns with ministry standards, translated into textbooks for hearing and visually impaired students.

It also includes sports, art, music, computer skills, English, listening and speaking skills as well as life skills.