PRIMEX wins PPTA to strengthen secondary education and teaching of math and science in Cambodia

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Standing, L-R: Mr. Leo R. Pura, Vice President for Technical Service, Dr. Jerome F. Sison, PRIMEX Director; and Mr. Dy Tith, Managing Director of CADTIS Consultants, Ltd.; Seated, L-R: Ms. Elvira C. Ablaza, President and CEO of PRIMEX; Mr. Chan Rithy. CADTIS Business Development Director; and Engr. Estelita Y. Gutierrez, Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Project Operations

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) awarded PRIMEX the contract to implement the Project Preparatory Technical Assistance (PPTA) for the “Strengthening Secondary Education and the Teaching of Math and Science”  in Cambodia on 3 September 2015. The grant was given to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGOC), through the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MOEYS).

PRIMEX is implementing the PPTA in association with CADTIS Consultant Co. Ltd. (Cambodia) and the International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ). It will run from 7 September 2015 to 31 July 2016. An ADB inception review mission is planned for 5-9 October 2015, and an Inception Workshop will be held during that week.

“This PPTA is a welcome addition to our projects and to our education portfolio, in particular. It is also an important milestone for us, being our first PRIMEX-led PPTA in Cambodia,” said Ms. Elvira C. Ablaza, PRIMEX President and CEO.

“We started in Viet Nam and now we are stepping into Cambodia. We are confident that with our consultant team and our partnership with CADTIS and IDCJ, we will do an excellent job.”

The PPTA will help design a sector development program suitable for ADB financing, while considering the needs of Cambodia and ADB’s country partnership strategy with the country. The TA will also identify education reform agenda items through a review and analysis of relevant policies, systems, and institutional capacities. The TA is expected to result in a sector development program that help increase upper secondary education (USE) enrolments through increased access to USE, enhanced quality and relevance of USE, and strengthened governance and management of secondary education.

The Consultant Team is led by Ms. Sukhdeep Brar, Team Leader/Secondary Education Improvement Specialist, who was a former ADB education specialist who joined the World Bank after several years with ADB. Other PRIMEX specialists in the Team are Dr. Jerome F. Sison, Education Economist; Ms. Lucille Gregorio, Science and Math Education Specialist; Mr. Conrado Espinar, Program Financial Specialist; Mr. Harry A. Abrillo, Employability Skills Specialist; Mr. Greesh Sharma, Procurement Specialist; and Mr. Benjamin Vergel De Dios, ICT for Education Specialist.

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Featured image: Bak Touk high school students in Cambodia during an assembly. Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia)

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