Hun Sen announces raises for teachers, nurses

Prime Minister Hun Sen last week announced a three-stage plan to raise the salaries of civil servants working under the Education and Health ministries, with the first increase to come in September, according to The Cambodia Daily.

Speaking to graduating students at Beltei University in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said that the minimum monthly wage for teachers would be raised from about $105 to about $138 by April next year.

“Starting in September, [teachers’ salaries] will increase to 505,000 riel [about $126]; between January and March, they will increase to 507,000 riel; and in April, they will increase to 552,800 riel [about $138]. This is for the people who have the lowest salary,” Mr. Hun Sen said.

While teacher salaries are set to increase from next month, the prime minister said a timeframe and increments for the health sector wage increases had not yet been set.  The prime minister also apologized to police and military officials, whose wages he said he could not afford to raise yet.

RongChhun, president of Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA), which has more than 10,000 members, welcomed the prime minister’s announcement on Thursday, but said the raise was not enough.

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