Activist march to Pursat for calling to release political prisoners and union leaders

A crowd of around 30 activists gathered at the base of Phnom Penh’s namesake Wat Phnom hill Wednesday before embarking down National Road 5 on a more than 200 kilometer journey by foot to Pursat province to promote social justice and morality. ...

Sovann Sreypich and Phon Sotthyroth

Teachers petition to march

The Kingdom’s teachers want a raise. That’s the demand from a prominent teachers’ union, which has applied to march to the Ministry of Education on World Teacher’s Day to submit their salary request. The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) wants teachers to receive at least ...

Voun Dara

Exam score blunder solved

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said its computerised score calculation process had experienced technical problems that affected the mathematics examination scores of 740 classes. This was found when its committee, established to address dissatisfaction over the results of the high school, ...

Voun Dara

Government critic fired from Education Ministry

Former unionist and election official Rong Chhun, who resigned from the National Election Committee (NEC) following the forced dissolution of the opposition, has been fired from the Education Ministry for being absent without permission. ...

Yon Sineat

Former NEC member goes back to education

Former National Election Committee member Rong Chhun has been appointed as a consultant to the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association after he resigned from the NEC following the opposition CNRP’s dissolution.   ...

Sen David

Teacher retirement age and salaries bumped up

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced that the government plans to extend the retirement age for teachers by five years to 65-years-old in order to maintain stability in the number of teachers. ...

Sen David

Teachers’ wage rally blocked

On the same day that Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a speech touting salary increases for teachers ahead of next year’s national election, about 20 Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) members were blocked from having a peaceful demonstration seeking just that. ...

Ben Sokhean, Yon Sineat and Yesenia Amaro

Teachers’ association condemned

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport issued a statement yesterday condemning the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) for calling on the Kingdom’s teachers to strike or protest in support of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha. ...

Tin Sokhavuth

New job for principal accused of embezzlement

A high school director in Prey Veng province accused of embezzling thousands of dollars was transferred to a new position with the provincial government on Wednesday following a protest by students and teachers. ...

Ben Sokhean

Teachers push for higher wages, rural schools with books

Teachers are demanding that their salaries be raised to 1.5 million riel (about $270) per month next year, and are warning the government that if this does not happen, they will continue protesting “like a headache that will not go away.”  ...

Chea Takihiro

PM wants no double tax for foreign teachers

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Saturday he would like to stop foreign teachers from being required to pay income tax both in Cambodia and their home country in order to attract more highly-skilled educators to work here. ...

Mech Dara and Alex Willemyns

New Education ministry ban comes under fire

The backlash began Wednesday against a new Education Ministry directive that bans political activities and unauthorized associations at academic institutions, with the country’s largest teachers’ union and various youth groups accusing the government of hypocrisy. ...

Mech Dara and Simon Henderson

Teachers press for missing bonuses

Nearly 150 teachers across five districts in Kampot province have signed a petition demanding the government pay them monthly rural posting bonuses they say are now nine months in arrears. ...

Mom Kunthear

Hun Sen reiterates policy to increase wage for workers, civil servants

Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated government policy to increase wage to $160 a month for factory workers and at least $250 a month for civil servants by 2018. His comment was made during a meeting yesterday with around 3,000 factory workers at the Koh Pich ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff

Rong Chhun ready to scrap

Newly appointed election monitor Rong Chhun has come out swinging ahead of today’s official swearing in of the nine new National Election Committee members, saying he is “sharpening his spurs” for a potential showdown. ...

Meas Sokchea and Daniel Pye

Ministry will conduct unannounced inspections of schools

The Education Ministry will conduct random and unannounced inspections of schools across the country, targeting “low-hanging fruit” in its ongoing bid to clean up the education system, the minister said Tuesday. ...

Mech Dara and Matt Blomberg

Teachers call for school budgets

The Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA) demanded in a letter sent on Monday to the Ministry of Education that all Cambodian secondary schools be paid their full yearly program budget after complaints were lodged by some teachers that the funds had not yet been received. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Sarah Taguiam

Hun Sen knocks Obama visit

Prime Minister Hun Sen took aim at Michelle Obama yesterday, accusing the US first lady of making false promises, while suggesting her visit last weekend was more about hopeful rhetoric rather than implementing concrete improvements in the country’s education sector. ...

Tat Oudom and Vong Sokheng

Hun Sen knocks Obama visit

Prime Minister Hun Sen took aim at Michelle Obama yesterday, accusing the US first lady of making false promises, while suggesting her visit last weekend was more about hopeful rhetoric rather than implementing concrete improvements in the country’s education sector. ...

Tat Oudom and Vong Sokheng

Just one chance at exam this year

High school students who fail the national exams this year will not be getting a second chance like their 2014 counterparts. While some extenuating and unavoidable circumstances will be taken into consideration, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport announced yesterday that final-year students would only ...

Pech Sotheary

Teachers union worried textbooks may be sold

A district education official in Preah Vihear may be hoarding state textbooks to sell at the market rather than distributing them to perennially book-strapped schools, according to the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA). ...

Chhay Channyda

Largest teachers’ association laments dearth of textbooks

The head of the country’s largest teachers’ association sent an open letter to Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron on Wednesday contending that there is a serious shortage of textbooks and teacher manuals due to corruption and indifference on the part of ministry officials. Rong Chhun, president ...

Ouch Sony and Max Weinstein

Union calls for higher pensions for teachers

A teachers union has demanded the government raise pensions for retired civil servants, police and soldiers at the same time as increasing public sector salaries. ...

Chhay Channyda

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