I Want to Study at Provincial Teacher Training College, Siem Reap
Apr. 9, 2009
By Tom Fearon
The college's two-year curriculum gives students a firm grounding in teacher know-how including methodology and classroom management to go with regular studies in Khmer language and history, social studies, English, mathematics and information technology.
Students put teaching skills into practice in a hands-on environment, gaining valuable experience at schools in Siem Reap and surrounds during a practical teaching period of six weeks during the first year and eight weeks during the second. PTTC shares its campus with an elementary school where student teachers hone their classroom manner in lessons they plan and teach.
Director Leav Ora has been at the helm of PTTC for a decade. A former primary and high school teacher with 30 years' experience, Leav Ora said the improvement of the school's learning environment was one of the highlights of his tenure.
"We've seen some of the biggest changes at the school in the past five years," he said. "The number of students [enrolling at PTTC] has been increasing, but more importantly so has the quality. We're constantly working to improve the quality of teaching and learning; that's our goal."
Budding teachers wishing to attend the college must have completed at least nine years' schooling. Students are graded and placed in classes according to their academic aptitude. Those who have completed 12 years' schooling can expect to be placed within their year's top two classes.
This year the college included two extra classes to accommodate a growth of nearly 20 percent in its first-year student enrolment. The college offers free on-campus, dormitory-style accommodation for students whose homes are far away.
Fees, scholarships and grants
All students have their tuition costs paid for by government scholarship so all students have to pay for is their college uniform, books and stationery. PTTC has a cultural exchange program with Sisaket Rajabhat University in Thailand with plans recently approved for a student exchange program to teach English at a primary school in Belgium.
Strength to strength
Siem Reap has cemented its mantle as home wto one of the country's top teacher training colleges among the 18 across the Kingdom. Recruitment of teachers at PTTC has been bolstered to meet the growing number of students enrolling each year. This year 49 teachers pass on their craft to the college's 528 students.
Each day campus life teems with extracurricular activities such as yoga, music, art, dancing and sport including basketball, volleyball and soccer.
Work is under way on a new classroom wing on the western side of the campus. The new building, expected to be completed by 2010, will include computer laboratories and an enclosed student auditorium. A new soccer field is nearing completion and at the start of this month the college unveiled a new Buddhist shrine in the main courtyard.