Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Public supplies put to private use, union says

Public supplies put to private use, union says

Public supplies put to private use, union says

An Oddar Meanchey director of education is denying a complaint filed to the Ministry of Education alleging he took school supplies from a public school for use in a private school and pocketed salaries of teachers who no longer worked there.

In a letter dated Monday, the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association complained to newly appointed Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron that Anlong Veng district director of education Nhean Torn used materials from a district public school in the nearby private Ponleu Vichea School, which he runs.

“Tables and chairs were taken from the state school,” said Moa Mean, a teacher at Hun Sen Anlong Veng Primary School who, with the CITA, made the complaint against Torn.

The complaint also alleges that Torn has kept teachers who have resigned from the public school on the payroll, pocketing their salaries.

Torn yesterday said that the director of Hun Sen Anlong Veng Primary School gave him permission to use the tables and chairs, but added he would return them today.

He attributed Mean’s accusations of corruption to jealousy stemming from the success of Torn’s private school, which has more than doubled in size since Mean – a co-founder – withdrew his investment.

Chuon Naron said the ministry will “pursue charges if we find out that Nhean Torn has committed the acts”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty