The Education Ministry has sent a letter to school directors throughout the country in an attempt to instil more discipline among teachers.
In the letter issued on Thursday, Education Minister Hang Choun Naron said the ministry had recently discovered that some staff at state education institutions did not adhere to working hours or teaching hours, which affected curriculum implementation.
He said that, in order to strengthen discipline, measures must be undertaken such as increasing staff supervision at state education institutions.
“We must implement administrative discipline to educators who arrive late but leave first and to educators who assign tasks for others to do while they go work at another place instead,” he said.
He added that some educators also did other tasks during teaching hours while others dressed inappropriately.
Ouk Chhayavy, director of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, said it was too late to try and strengthen teachers’ discipline because many employed at state institutions were already working elsewhere.
“It is too late to strengthen discipline but I am still pleased the ministry issued this letter. Teachers set an example for students so we hope this letter will be effective,” she said. Soung Saran, chief of the Kampong Speu Library under the provincial education department, said all employees in the education sector should be well-disciplined.
“The education department promotes the ministry’s letter to all education staff. It is good to try and improve teachers’ behaviour,” he said.