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Old-school graft: Official says teachers paid while on leave

Old-school graft: Official says teachers paid while on leave

The Ministry of Education was ignoring a complaint that some school directors in Kampong Cham province were paying teachers who had taken unpaid leave, an education official said yesterday.

Try Sokleang, vice-director of the education office in Batheay district, said he had lodged a complaint with the ministry a year ago because he was aware of corruption involving 10 teachers.

Hun Sen Batheay, Hun Sen Sandaek, Hun Sen Cherng Chhnok and Hor Namhong Prey Ngea high schools in Batheay district were still paying the teachers, despite them having taken leave and set up businesses, he said.

“Their names remain on the payroll and, because they have conspired with their school directors, it is hidden from the education department,” he said.

Cher Sanghour, school director of Hun Sen Batheay high school, denied the allegations, while other school directors were unavailable for comment.

Soun Sokhom, vice-director of the education department in Kampong Cham, said the department would investigate the case.

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