Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Public supplies put to private use, union says

Public supplies put to private use, union says

Public supplies put to private use, union says

An Oddar Meanchey director of education is denying a complaint filed to the Ministry of Education alleging he took school supplies from a public school for use in a private school and pocketed salaries of teachers who no longer worked there.

In a letter dated Monday, the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association complained to newly appointed Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron that Anlong Veng district director of education Nhean Torn used materials from a district public school in the nearby private Ponleu Vichea School, which he runs.

“Tables and chairs were taken from the state school,” said Moa Mean, a teacher at Hun Sen Anlong Veng Primary School who, with the CITA, made the complaint against Torn.

The complaint also alleges that Torn has kept teachers who have resigned from the public school on the payroll, pocketing their salaries.

Torn yesterday said that the director of Hun Sen Anlong Veng Primary School gave him permission to use the tables and chairs, but added he would return them today.

He attributed Mean’s accusations of corruption to jealousy stemming from the success of Torn’s private school, which has more than doubled in size since Mean – a co-founder – withdrew his investment.

Chuon Naron said the ministry will “pursue charges if we find out that Nhean Torn has committed the acts”.

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

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all