Hun Sen announces raises for teachers, nurses

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced a three-stage plan to raise the salaries of civil servants working under the Education and Health ministries, with the first increase to come in September. Speaking to graduating students at Beltei University in Phnom Penh, Mr. Hun Sen said that ...

Khy Sovuthy

Education ministry urged to investigate corruption in Oddor Meanchey school

The Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) called on Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to investigate Tropang Brasat’s education officials who was accused of corruption. In a letter today to Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, CITA said it received anonymous letters from teachers in Tropang Brasat ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Benefits for teachers? Not yet

The government has a response to teachers’ request for health insurance: We’ll provide it if you buy it. At a meeting in Takeo province this past weekend, the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) said an upcoming teacher strike would include health insurance on the list of ...

Laignee Barron and Mom Kunthear

Teachers who claimed graft told to keep quiet

Teachers in Oddar Meanchey province, who last week accused dis­trict education officials of stealing their salaries, were on Monday threatened with expulsion for talking to the media, a teachers union said. The Anlong Veng district education director summoned about 15 teachers and school officials to the ...

Ben Sokhean

Overtime at school goes unpaid

Six months after the government announced that bank accounts for all civil servants would put an end to late salaries and rampant graft, secondary school teachers in Prey Veng say they are owed long overdue payments. In addition to their regular salary, which they already received, ...

Laignee Barron and Sen David

Officials accused of embezzling teachers’ salaries

A teachers’ union has accused education officials in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district of stealing 21 million riel, or about $5,200, that had been slated as overtime payments for primary school teachers. In a letter sent to the Education Ministry on Monday, the Cambodia Independent ...

Ben Sokhean and Matt Blomberg

Ministry, ACU continue campaign for clean high school exam

The Education Ministry’s crusade to clean up the national high school exam continued Wednesday, with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) releasing a statement inviting concerned parties to monitor exams in August and warning that cheats would be failed and effectively banned from sitting again for two ...

Kuch Naren and Matt Blomberg

ACU Threatens Jail for Students Caught Cheating

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) will join with the Ministry of Education this year to curb cheating during national-level high school and junior high exams, according to ACU chairman Om Yentieng. In order to eliminate old habits of purchasing answer sheets and paying bribes to exam monitors, ...

Kuch Naren

Freedom Park off-limits: city

Freedom Park will remain off limits indefinitely for protesters, authorities said yesterday, despite Prime Minister Hun Sen suggesting last month that a ban on public assembly was being lifted. Pich Saroeun, chief of Russey Keo district’s Chroy Changva commune, said Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong had ...

Mom Kunthear

For underpaid teachers, a desire for dignity

Hang Mao was among more than 11,000 Phnom Penh public school teachers who were told two weeks ago that corruption in the classroom would no longer be tolerated. The message came from senior city officials, including Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong and municipal education director Chea ...

Phann Ana

Teachers Told to Expel Corruption From Classrooms

Just weeks after the country’s only independent teachers’ association staged a strike for higher wages, Phnom Penh’s education chief told teachers this week that they must stop taking bribes to comply with the government’s promised reform agenda. Speaking to about 500 educators, mainly school directors, from ...

Phann Ana

Union rep sidesteps gov’t meet

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, said yesterday he had been successful in postponing a meeting with the Ministry of Interior about his association, which has come under fire for allegedly engaging in political activities. ...

Mom Kunthear

Ministry to Question Rong Chhun Over Teachers Association

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA), said Friday that he feels the teachers’ movement is under threat after he received a notice from the Ministry of Interior, summoning him to explain his work on Monday. The letter, dated Thursday and signed by ...

Kuch Naren

Civil Servants Urged to Strike for Higher Pay

A group representing public-sector workers has called on the country’s civil servants to follow in the footsteps of teachers and begin a peaceful strike to demand higher salaries. A statement disseminated Thursday by the Cambodian Independent Civil Servants Association (CICA), which claims to have 1,530 members, ...

Phorn Bopha

Authorities Begin to Clamp Down on Striking Teachers

Authorities in Phnom Penh and at least three provinces have begun to clamp down on teachers conducting piecemeal strikes for higher wages, with one union representative being asked to sign an anti-strike agreement and another called in for police questioning. In Kandal province’s Kien Svay district, ...

Ben Sokhean and Matt Blomberg

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