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Ministry reiterates ban on politicking in schools

A student holds a shirt bearing a pro-CPP slogan that was handed out at a school in Pursat province. Photo supplied
A student holds a shirt bearing a pro-CPP slogan that was handed out at a school in Pursat province. Photo supplied

Ministry reiterates ban on politicking in schools

The Ministry of Education yesterday reminded all public and private education institutions not to use their facilities to promote political propaganda.

The letter came less than a week after grade 10 and 11 students at Pursat High School were given pink T-shirts with the words “I love the Cambodia People’s Party” to wear during a CPP event last Sunday.

In the statement, Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron reinforced his directive from 2015 and banned all political activity in academic settings, threatening to fine or shut down institutions that violated the order.

The directive also applied to parties that invade educational institutions to disseminate materials such as clothing.

Both Chuon Naron and ministry spokesman Ros Salin could not be reached for comment yesterday to address what kind of action, if any, will be taken at Pursat High School.

Ouk Chhayavy, acting director of the Cambodian Independent Teacher Association, alleged that the majority of school principals support the ruling party.

“If everyone followed the rule, this would be good.”

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