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CITA takes grievances to ministry

CITA takes grievances to ministry

Bribery, corruption and poor working conditions were among the 15 points raised by the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) in a paper filed with the Ministry of Education on Tuesday.

CITA appealed to Minister of Education Im Sithy to address the points, which were first raised in a conference last month.

Among the points highlighted were systemic injustices, including promotions based on nepotism, school directors threatening teachers who joined CITA and the need to pay provincial education authorities to switch to another teaching location.

Also raised was the need to improve the standard of education, as the association pointed to a decline in teaching quality, high dropout rates and a lack of books and equipment for studying.

Teachers also brought up their low salaries, which led to some needing to hold two jobs and the late payment of salaries.  

Deputy general director of the Ministry of Education Put Samuth declined to comment.

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