Established in 2009, and transition in 2013.
There was a recent suggestion by Cambodian education professionals to abolish the Grade 9 exam in order to increase the numbers that proceed to high school. We don’t feel that this really addresses the root cause of the problem!
Student drop-out is a complex issue that can be addressed in many ways. All of our projects seek to promote the value of education. Grade 9 students received special attention throughout our Exam Preparation Classes and Dream Classes.
We’re committed to ensuring that students who are motivated to continue in education feel confident in sitting the required exams. PEPY Exam Preparation Classes provided support to Grade 9 students at Chanleas Dai Junior High School in the subjects of math, Khmer, chemistry and physics.
PEPY Empowering Youth (then PEPY) transitioned out of Exam Preparation classes in 2013 for the following reasons:
Challenges / Lessons learned
For other communities taking on such a project, we recommended forming a group of interested participants to negotiate with the teacher they want to study with. Good persuasion skills are needed to get the teacher to cut the cost of teaching. After negotiation is complete, money raised from the group will go towards paying the teacher’s fees.
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