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School to get new buildings after outdoor photos go viral

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A teacher leads a class outside the school in Preah Vihear province. Fresh News

The government will construct two buildings with 12 classrooms at a primary school in Preah Vihear province after photos showing students studying outdoors went viral on Wednesday.

Senior Minister Kun Kim yesterday confirmed that he had reported the matter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has agreed to the project at Ou Chunh Primary School in Choam Khsan district.

Mr Kim, who is also first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, yesterday made a fact-finding trip to the school and spoke to the principal and teachers.

“After finding out the actual situation, we are recommending to the Prime Minister to help facilitate the construction of a cement building to replace the small wooden one which cannot accommodate all the students in the school,” he said.

Lim Soklin, a teacher, yesterday said that the pictures were posted as part of an appeal for parents and donors to help re-build the school.

He noted that the photos also showed that the school lacked enough tables and chairs for students to use.

“We teachers and students are happy to hear that Prime Minister Hun Sen will help build these school buildings now that Senior Minister Kun Kim has inspected the situation,” Mr Soklin said.

He noted that the shortage of space occurred because of a drastic increase in student enrolment this year. Mr Soklin added that the school also lacks equipment.

“We pity some of our students who are forced to study outside without tables or chairs and are exposed to the hot sun or rain,” he said.

Principal Tes Sophorn yesterday said Ou Chunh Primary School currently has five classrooms in a wooden building and that this year it has 425 students, up from 300 students who were enrolled last year.

“The Prime Minister has agreed to the construction of two buildings after Senior Minister Kun Kim came to visit the school to examine the actual situation,” he said.

Mr Sophorn noted that the teachers, students and parents are happy that there will be a new building, adding that the authorities have not yet calculated how much the project will cost.

District Governor Chea Kimseng yesterday said that after teachers had posted the photos, officials went to visit the school.

“Local authorities went down immediately to meet the teachers and school principal to listen to their concerns over the lack of a proper building and equipment,” he said.a

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