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CITA files classroom graft claim

CITA files classroom graft claim

THE Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association wrote to the Anticorruption Unit yesterday, requesting an investigation into corruption complaints against a high school director in Siem Reap province
On November 26, CITA claims it received complaints from a number of teachers at Hun Sen Siem Reap High School, accusing the school director of bribery and embezzlement.

CITA President Rong Chhun, who filed the letter to the ACU, said the allegations involve the withholding of salaries for 10 resigned teachers, the extortion of students and the embezzlement of funds from school projects.

The letter added that the school director had amassed ill-gotten gains of “approximately 3.5 million riels [US$875]” per month in addition to his ordinary monthly salary.

When contacted yesterday, the school’s director Sour Vancy denied the claims of corruption outright.

“I welcome investigators from the ACU if they really want to investigate, because I follow the school’s routine and I wasn’t involved in the allegations,” Sour Vancy said.

Om Yentieng, the head of the newly-formed, declined to comment yesterday.

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