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Ministry says student teacher directive is fake

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Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron. KT/Mai Vireak

The Ministry of Education has released a letter discrediting a “fake” directive being circulated online that said 223 students had been accepted to work for the ministry as teachers in rural areas.

According to the ministry’s letter issued on Friday, a directive declaring that 223 students are to become teachers in rural areas lacking resources is fake and was created by people using it for their own benefit.

“It is a fake letter; the ministry is looking to arrest the people behind it,” the ministry said. “They made it for their benefit only.”

The ministry noted that hopeful teachers must pass exams prior to being appointed to their positions and cannot simply be hired based on a reference from someone.

The fake letter stated that the government directed the Ministry of Education to accept the list of potential students to become teachers in order to address a lack of teachers in rural areas.

Education Ministry spokesman Ros Salin could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen met with more than 4,000 teachers on Koh Pich to announce that the government will increase the salaries of teachers in 2018.

Mr Hun Sen said that in 2018 the minimum salary for teachers will be no less than $250, with more increases to come in the future.

“The salaries of teachers will be increased more and more, year after year,” he said.

According to a report by Ministry of Education, there are 119,368 educators throughout the country.

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