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Fired teachers file municipal court complaint

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Rong Chhun speaks with reporters. KT/Mai Vireak

A group of teachers went to Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday and filed a complaint against the Education Ministry for firing them in January 2018 for allegedly being absent without permission.

In the complaint, the group claimed that 11 teachers were fired from the ministry because they had volunteered to work for former opposition council members in 2017.

It noted that Chum Chan, Li Di, Khem Sitha, Yin Chhoukroath, Rong Chhun, Vong Runny, Moth Phalla, Peab Mab, Hong Sok Chea, Chan Sophea, and Kong Sivongsa, were all sacked after the former opposition party was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

Mr Chhun, who is a member of the Cambodian Independent Teacher’s Association, yesterday said he was accused by the ministry of being absent without permission, adding that this isn’t the first time a complaint was filed.

“It is unfair for us that we were stricken out of the ministry’s list of teachers,” he said. “The ministry hasn’t given us the real reason why we were fired and that’s why we are filing this complaint.”

Mr Sivongsa, who taught in Kampong Cham province, said he wants his old job back.

“We could not accept the sacking,” he said. “It is unfair for teachers. We are appealing to the ministry to accept us to come back to be teachers.”

According to a statement issued by Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron last year, the teachers were fired because they were absent without prior permission.

Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly yesterday said the group has the right to file a complaint with the court.

“It is their right to file a complaint, but firing them was done in accordance with the law and ministry procedures,” Mr Kamboly said.

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