The Ministry of Education has announced that students studying in higher education institutions must be given three days off in order to take part in the upcoming national election on July 29.
Pit Chamnan, a secretary of state at the Education Ministry, issued the directive yesterday in a letter addressed to all directors of higher education institutions following a recommendation from Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Mr Chamnan said that students must be given three days off from July 28 to 30 so that they can travel to their hometowns to cast ballots in the poll.
“Rectors and directors of all higher institutions please receive this information and implement it effectively,” he said in the letter.
At a graduation ceremony for university students in Phnom Penh on Friday, Mr Hun Sen ordered the Education Ministry to instruct all universities to give students a three-day break so they can vote in the national election.
Mr Hun Sen said that each university must give the time off to students because many have to travel to their home provinces to cast ballots and won’t be able to return for classes on time on the Monday following the election on Sunday, July 29.
“The Education Ministry should announce this to all universities,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Nak Oudom, a fourth-year student at Norton University, said that the order for three days off will help students get home to vote.
Mr Oudom said he must travel to Prey Veng province to cast his ballot and the time off will enable him to do so stress-free.
“I want to thank the ministry for facilitating the voting process for us,” he said. “The time off will especially help students from provinces that are far from Phnom Penh.”
“I can now go to fulfil my obligation as a good citizen,” he added.
The time-off order for students followed a similar order issued by the Labour Ministry earlier this month for business owners to provide three paid days off for their employees to travel home to vote.