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Sacked Education Ministry teachers demand justice

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Representatives of a group of 11 teachers sacked by the Education Ministry in January last year for allegedly missing work during the 2017 commune elections testified yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

The teachers said in a complaint against the Education Ministry that Rong Chhun, Vong Runny, Moth Phall and eight others, were sacked because they volunteered to work for CNRP councillors in 2017.

Mr Chhun yesterday said he wants the court to reinstate them all as civil servants at the ministry.

“We have shown that the sacking of the 11 teachers was wrong because the ministry did not follow regulations pertaining to the treatment of those with the status of civil servants,” he said, adding that according to the law, civil servants must receive a warning or be issued a suspension before being sacked. “The Education Ministry did not follow procedures – it removed names of the civil servants.”

Mr Chhun noted that Investigating Judge Ros Piseth will make a decision on their case within the next three weeks.

Judge Piseth declined to comment yesterday.

Education Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly could not be reached for comment.

Ms Runny said that the eleven teachers are hoping the court can provide justice.

“We hope that the court is not under political influence,” she said. “The Education Ministry had made a decision without respecting the statute on civil servants.”

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