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Teachers demand school director be removed from post

Teachers demand school director be removed from post

Seven Kampong Thom teachers have lodged a complaint against Phat Sanday secondary school director accusing him of corruption

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Teachers have been filing complaints since February against their school director but to no avail, they claim. "Most of the teachers are dissatisfied with Vongsa's leadership, and we want him to be fired from his post," Nao Chan said.

SECONDARY school teachers in Kampong Thom's Kampong Svay district have filed a complaint to the provincial Education Department against the school's director, citing corruption and nepotism.  

Nao Chan, a teacher at Phat Sanday secondary school, said the school's director, Pich Vongsa, had been fabricating teacher names and collecting their salaries.

Pich Vongsa has withheld two months' worth of over-time salary from the seven teachers who lodged the complaint, said Nao Chan.

"We have been told that the 300,000 riels (US$75) will be paid to the teachers if we withdraw the complaint," he told the Post Tuesday.    

No solution in sight

Pich Vongsa denied the accusation and said that the complaints against him have been made by jealous teachers who want to hijack his position at the school.

"I couldn't make corruption here," he said about the remote school, which is located 360km from Kampong Thom's provincial capital, adding that the school's seven teachers and 100 students face many difficulties, including flooding during the wet season.

Uon Silot, deputy president of Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, said that he has documents to prove irregularities in the school's management.

"We have passed the complaint to the Education Department but nothing has been done," Uon Silot said. 

Sou Kimsry, director of Kampong Thom's provincial  Education Department, said that he has not received any of the teachers' complaints.

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