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PM clarifies retirement age

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Civil servants attend a meeting. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that the retirement age for civil servants is still 60 after confusion spread following a government notice that it plans to extend the retirement age to 65 for teachers.

Speaking at a school inauguration in Kep province on Friday, Mr Hun Sen said there has been much confusion, especially on social media, about the government’s plans in relation to retirement ages.

“There are many confusing posts on Facebook that the retirement age for civil servants is now 65, but I want to clarify that there has been no change yet, we still keep the retirement age at 60,” he said. “We have not yet adjusted the law.”

In October, to mark International Teachers’ Day, Mr Hun Sen announced that the government plans to extend the retirement age for teachers by five years to 65 in order to maintain stability in the number of teachers.

But the extension will not take effect until at least 2019, he clarified.

“We have many points that we still need to solve,” he said.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Public Function Sar Samedy said yesterday that the change in retirement ages needs to be rolled out in unison with the recruitment of younger teachers.

“Don’t get confused. We still obey the law to maintain the retirement age at 60 years old,” he said.

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