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Contract officials must go through exams: Hun Sen

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Officials and students attend the graduation ceremony yesterday. KT/Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said that all government contract officials must go through exams or else they cannot become permanent civil servants.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said that the government could not automatically promote contract officials to be permanent civil servants, noting that they must go through exams.

“I would like to ask for understanding from contract civil servants who request to become permanent civil servants,” he said.

“If I allow it to occur, it will be unfair for those who took exams,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Contract officials, who do not go through the procedures, are not qualified as those who take exams.”

In 2019, 17,000 contract officers were working in the government, according to the Ministry of Civil Service.

Ministry spokesman Chut Monny echoed Mr Hun Sen’s remark.

“Samdech’s remark is right. That is what the law states,” Mr Monny said.

He said that all contract officials have one-year contracts which needed to be renewed every year.

“The government will not increase the number of contract officials and we won’t decrease them either. They need to re-apply for their jobs after their contracts end,” he added.

A contract official at the Ministry of Land Management, who asked not to be named, said everyone should go through exams to prove that they are qualified.

“I support his remark. We admit that some contract officials are disqualified because they are undergraduate students working to gain experience,” he said.

The government recently issued a sub-decree to increase the monthly salary of contract officials from $162.5 to $167.5 starting next month.


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