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Bribery and child labor

Bribery and child labor

The Editor,

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

classes.

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

other sources.

Please help reduce payments that are not needed.

ó Name withheld by request.

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