On 26 January, Cambodian student Kong Bunrith posted a video on Facebook accusing senior officials in the country’s Ministry of Justice of allegedly taking bribes. Kong had claimed that some of his peers paid up to US$150,000 in bribes to secure passing grades.The municipal court has since summoned him for questioning over accusations of public defamation, slander and incitement to discriminate.
In December 2018, Cambodian Senate president Say Chhum had encouraged the country’s youth to study hard in order to become future leaders. He made the comment during the opening ceremony of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia congress at a hotel in Phnom Penh. Chhum’s call certainly makes sense if one were to consider how young Cambodia’s population is.
On 30 July, the Singaporean government announced that it would be starting a new programme to get more foreigners to work in Singapore. The programme removes any quota limitation for an Employment Pass (EP).
To the outside world, Brunei, the tiny Southeast Asian monarchy, looks like a Shangri La. The country, with a population of less than half a million, has one of the highest gross domestic product (GDP) levels per capita in the world.
The increasing incorporation of technology into modern day workplaces has thrown a spanner in the works especially with the looming risks of jobs being lost to automation and artificial intelligence (AI) – effectively rendering old skills obsolete.
Higher education rankings provide a shorthand list of institutions that may provide prospective students and parents with some information on what they’re looking for from a university.
Yesterday, the ASEAN Post published an article on allegations made by a Cambodian student regarding corruption in his school. On 26 January, the student, Kong Bunrith, posted a video on Facebook which supposedly accused the country’s Ministry of Justice senior officials of taking bribes.
In 2019, Zuraidah Daut, a social activist in the east coast state of Kelantan in Malaysia initiated an investigation into the mystery of a girl’s absence from school. What she discovered was appalling. The girl was too poor to buy sanitary products and missed out on days of school. This motivated the activist to start the “Projek Oh! Bulan” (Oh! Moon Project) where she would set empty boxes at grocery stores and salons for people to donate menstrual supplies for those in need.
Lao is looking to improve its education system. In this effort, it introduced a project called the “Inclusive, Child-friendly Environments and the Improvement of the Quality of Learning Outcomes of pre-and primary schools in Vientiane and Oudomxay provinces”.
In August last year, The ASEAN Post asked a question: How will Indonesia fare in PISA 2018? Recently, local Indonesian news reports revealed the answer to that question and it was, unfortunately, unsurprising.This is not to say that Indonesia had not put in efforts to increase the quality of its students.
Indonesia has a big problem in facing the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The quickly evolving landscape and potential requirements on the country’s skilled workforce is becoming a major concern. Indonesia, ASEAN’s largest economy, could be running out of time to equip its people with the necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge to stay competitive. The country has already highlighted a talent shortage of more than 50 percent as its biggest concern.