All students across the country will soon be able to download the e-learning application via the smartphone device to access lessons, videos and specific subjects from their smartphone online and offline freely.
The E-learning app was developed by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. It will be launched to facilitate and provides education services online for Cambodian students.
“This is the third time that both institution’s working groups have developed and adjusted the digital platform for providing e-education services to students in Cambodia,” said Kan Channmeta, Secretary
of State of Ministry of Post and Telecommunication.
He said the ministry will officially launch the free app from July 15 onward.
Channmeta said that during the outbreak of COVID-19, the students are required to study online. However, the ministry of education, youth and sports found there were some challenges in terms of not knowing whether students actually study, that content is not gathered on one platform and the problem of poor or interrupted internet access.
He said that after conducting a study on the issues and on the technical aspects, as well as the actual demand from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and students, the e-learning app has been developed to solve all the issues.
“The e-learning app will be functioning as a platform by obliging students to register and access the lesson for all grades, download content and reduce the cost of internet access through collaboration with their telecoms company and internet service providers,” Channmeta said.
“It also allows the ministry and school to get statistics on the number of students who access the content on the e-learning app so that it helps the ministry and schools to improve study plans better. The e-learning app will require students to register to access all the content. The programme will set up the lessons, subjects and video downloads, view lessons and receive alerts for a new lesson,” he added.
Channmeta said that Phnom Penh’s Sabay Co helped with the app. The company was formed in 2007 to help meet this demand with new services and products, including online content and mobile entertainment. “Sabay is a forward-thinking pioneer and has been the first to introduce online gaming, unified SMS content and original online entertainment (news, movies, music and TV) in the Kingdom of Wonders,” it says.
He said that through the app programme, it will contribute to transforming the study strategy for students and adapt them to digital technology. The result from the collaboration will contribute to pushing the use of information communications technology (ICT) in developing human resources
to align with the ICT Development Policy 2020. He added that the ministry of education wants to reach out to the 90 to 95 percent of the total number of students across the country. Therefore, the ministry believes that the app will support them.
“With this app, the students can see the content. Although there is no good internet in rural areas, they can still use the downloaded content without internet access. We will continue discussions with the mobile operators on the education package and downloading at night free when bandwidth is less used.”
Cambodia’s Under-Secretary of State Minister for Education, Youth and Sports San Vatthana thanked the ministries for solving the challenges and working with telecom operators on the price of the internet and its speed, resulting in the development of the e-learning app.
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