Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Corruption curriculum headed to junior high

Corruption curriculum headed to junior high

A teacher works through exercises with students during a class at a Phnom Penh high school.
A teacher works through exercises with students during a class at a Phnom Penh high school. Heng Chivoan

Corruption curriculum headed to junior high

In what it says is a bid to fight graft in the Kingdom from the bottom up, the Ministry of Education announced yesterday the expansion of its anti-corruption curriculum to junior high school students.

The courses, which high-schoolers began taking last year, will now be implemented for students in grades 7, 8 and 9 as well. Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said the move was part of a “forward-thinking” effort to train the country’s youth.

The classes cover 12 modules spread across six semesters, and appear to address issues broader than just corruption.

For example, one module in grade 7’s first semester is titled, “Is money really everything?” Other modules address the perils of peer pressure and dealing with guilt.

Cambodia is perceived as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, ranking 156th out of 177 countries last year in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia, welcomed the initiative, but said fighting corruption in the short term required more concrete measures.

“While this is very good for the long term, Cambodia’s immediately necessary measure is to enforce the anti-corruption laws and bring corrupt officials to punishment without exception, together with the establishment of systematic mechanisms . . . including passing the whistleblower protection law, access to information law and making asset declarations public.”

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,