Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Textbooks arriving COD, NGOs claim

Textbooks arriving COD, NGOs claim

Textbooks arriving COD, NGOs claim

School textbooks paid for by the Asian Development Bank have been routed to district education offices, some of which are charging schools for books that are supposed to be free, an NGO investigation has found.

The textbooks on Khmer literature, maths, geography, morality and science were found to have been distributed to schools by local education authorities, which have charged between 50,000 to 100,000 riel ($12.50 to $25) for delivery, a report released yesterday found.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) requires the books to be sent directly from the printers to the schools as part of the $1.3 million ADB-funded program.

Yesterday’s report by the Khmer Institute for National Development (KIND) and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability-East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA EAP), however, found that 23 out of 33 schools surveyed had got the books from the local education authorities, often at a price.

“Students still lack textbooks, while millions of them were published every year. The textbooks were wrongly available for sale in the marketplace without legal action being taken by the MoEYS,” said San Chey, a director of ANSA EAP.

“Twenty-three schools said they have received books from the district offices and have to pay money when they get them, from 50,000 riel to 100,000 riel, for transporting them to schools,” he added.

Lim Sovutharit, a director at the textbook supply office in the Department of Curriculum Development, said he would be asking the Education Minstry to order district offices to have the books delivered free of charge.

“We would like to join together, appealing to buyers not to buy the books which are sold in the markets,” he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • New airport study set for 2019

    A feasibility study on the construction of a new airport in the Kingdom will be launched later this year, according to a Ministry of Tourism spokesman on Monday. The plan was approved last week in a meeting held by the Ministry of Economy and Finance