Just weeks after the country’s only independent teachers’ association staged a strike for higher wages, Phnom Penh’s education chief told teachers this week that they must stop taking bribes to comply with the government’s promised reform agenda. Speaking to about 500 educators, mainly school directors, from Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Chea Cheat, director of the Phnom Penh municipal department of education, said that the widespread practice of demanding bribes from students would no longer be tolerated. “Exploiting the children is a problem. If there are any complaints against the individual [teacher], they must be held responsible,” Mr. Cheat
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