Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Prey Veng teachers demand full salary

Prey Veng teachers demand full salary

Prey Veng teachers demand full salary

TEACHERS in Prey Veng have lodged a complaint with the minister of education against the top education official in the province who they said has been skimming money from their salaries.

The teachers complained that since September, Him Sophal, the director of the province's Department of Education, has conspired with other officials in the department to siphon off state resources meant for teachers, including US$2.50 from their already bare-bones monthly salaries.

"They have not only been reducing our salary, but even the subsidies we're supposed to get for our families have been cut off," said Eng Tong Ney, a teacher in Preah Sdech  district and the province's representative of the Kingdom's main teachers union, the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA). "And we have not received our salary for the past month," he added.  

He said that when the teachers informed officials at the province's Department of Education, Youth and Sports, their complaint fell on deaf ears.

Busy being a monk

The administrator accused of heading the graft, Him Sophal, told the Post that he was not familiar with the allegations, saying that he has been occupied with his one-month foray as a monk at a nearby pagoda.

"When I leave the monkhood at the end of next week, I will research this case and try to find a good solution," he said.  

The CITA stepped in on Tuesday, asking the Education Ministry to compensate teachers in the province.

Chey Chap, a secretary of state at the Education Ministry, would only say that "if the teachers have a real problem, they should contact us directly, and not through their union leader".

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • American convicted of raping boy, 10, in Siem Reap

    A 79-year-old American man was sentenced to one year in prison for raping a 10-year-old boy by Siem Reap Provincial Court on Wednesday. John Paul Zollbrecht, of Washington state, was sentenced to one year in prison while a Cambodian man who helped facilitate the abuse, 23

  • PM derides talk of government affairs, hinting phone records could reveal all

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday night told Cambodia’s starlets to either name their high-profile government lovers or keep quiet, telling a room full of journalists he did not want to be tarred with the same brush. Addressing more than 3,400 people at the second