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High School principal’s transfer provokes protest

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Local media speak to protesting teachers and students at Preah Sisowath HS. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A host of teachers and students from Preah Sisowath High School (Lycée Preah Sisowath) took to the streets on Wednesday (Sept.19) to manifest their opposition to the transfer of the school’s director.

The MoEYS decided last week to transfer the school’s principal, Mul Suyheng, to an administrative position within the ministry, and the teachers having voiced their dissatisfaction with the measure when they met with ministry representatives on Wednesday morning.

The protesters are also unhappy with the program called The New Generation School (NGS), which is facilitated as a “charter- school within a school.”  The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport introduced it at their school in 2015.

Long Phalis, a teacher, feels “… so disappointed with the transfer of our direction, and will never accept it because [she doesn’t] believe the new director will be as good as our old director.”

”Please do not transfer Principal Mul Suyheng to the ministry.  The ministry should also take NGS out of our school because it’s not the right thing to do – to put a public school to use in this way,” she pled.

Khy Cheng Hun, a student, doesn’t “… want NGS in my school because it creates discrimination.  They [the NGS students] are treated differently because they pay for their schooling and we do not.  I don’t want to have student division in my school.”

Education ministry spokesman Dy Camboly clearly stated to local media that Mr Mul’s transfer is a promotion rather than a demotion, that no petitions have been filed in this matter as yet, and that there is no changing of the high school’s name to NGS.

New Generation School is one of the ministry’s 15 education reform projects and encompasses 10 schools in Cambodia so far.

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