I was impressed with your article by Vong Sokheng, "Child vendors work the night
beat" (PPP April 12-25), and agree with the sentiments expressed.
The current educational institution in some cases, from primary to secondary schools,
forces parents to pay their children's teachers enormous amounts of money for private
The points made [by Mar Sophea, of the International Labor Organisation, that demands
by teachers for payment force children to work for their education, and teach children
that they need to earn extra money to pay bribes], were very clear.
Some parents are forced to stop their first son or daughter studying, even in higher
grades, so they can help earn enough to support the younger ones.
From decades earlier, secondary school students competed in private courses, especially
in mathematics or physics, for the examination for the Bachelor I and II, and now
even from grade one.
In the same class some teachers separated the students into two categories - the
regulars and the ones with private studies.
I understood that because of low salaries some government officials seek money from
Please help reduce payments that are not needed.
ó Name withheld by request.