Public School Salaries Set to Increase

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In an effort to improve the quality of education in Cambodia and the living conditions of its teachers, the government will universally raise salaries for the estimated 115,000 public school teachers across the Kingdom. According to Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, the move will take effect in April. 
“For primary school teachers, the monthly salary will increase to at least $200, and high school teachers will increase to at least $250. University teachers will see increases up to $300 in this year, all of which represent the minimum wages,” Mr. Naron said.  
“I really applaud that the Education Ministry will raise more monthly salaries to support teachers’ living condition throughout the country,” said Ouk Chhayavy, acting president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association. 
Even though teachers’ salaries will increase, she says it still is not enough. 
The ministry should reconsider their decision, Ms. Chayavy said. New teachers should not receive the same salary increases as existing teachers, “Because the existing teachers have struggled to teach students for many years. Thus, they should receive higher salaries than new teachers.”
Chan Visothy, a provincial teacher from Kampong Cham’s Prey Chor district, has served as a public school teacher for nearly 30 years in the province and was happy with the government’s decisions. 
“I think that salary the increase for primary school teachers is reasonable,” he said.
“My monthly salary was increased two times last year and currently, I get almost $200 per month from the government. As Prime Minister Hun Sen announced, the salaries for teachers will increase every year. Thus, all teachers will have more motivation to teach students.”

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