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CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT CUTS TEACHERS’ SALARIES, DOUBLES CLASS SIZE TO 90

December 08, 2009 By: karig2 Category: General 1 Comment →

The Cambodian government is scrambling to balance its budget. The latest news is to cut 50% of all the salary for every serviceman and woman. Teachers’ salary across the nation is affected as well. For our school, they want us to eliminate 2 classrooms by combining the 1stgrade to two classes and the 2nd grade to one class.

Here are all the details:

Before the budget cut, SSI had:
· 3 classrooms for the first grade with 46 to 47 students per class
· 2 classrooms for the second grade with 45 to 46 students per class
· 1 classroom for the third grade with 61 students
· 1 classroom for the fourth grade with 44 students
· 1 classroom for the fifth grade with 40 students
· 1 classroom for the sixth grade with 48 students

After the budget cut, SSI now has:
· 2 classrooms for the first grade with 70 students per class
· 1 classroom for the second grade with 91 students
· The rest, which is from the third to sixth grade, remains unchanged

So far, we ended up eliminating 2 classes to meet the requirement that the government suggested. By doing this, SSI teachers get paid less. As a result, the government saves money, we lose money. They told Bun during the meeting, that they no longer care about the quality of education that the children have. All they care about is saving money.

I was shocked, angry, and frustrated to hear the insulting comments they made. Can you imagine if you were a teacher attempting to manage a classroom that size? There are up to 90 students in each classroom!  This is unbelievable!
By Education Officer Paul Chuk