Elites Use Corruption To Educate Children
October 7, 2007, 3:43 am
Filed under: Education



Elites Use Corruption To Educate Children, Draining Public Schools

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh



t is wise of the British Embassy to request students applying for its Chevening Scholarships to declare whether they have close relatives in the government. It is a strategic move to curb educational corruption in the form of nepotism.

It is also equally crucial for international education institutions to scrutinize the source of the tuition fees with which Cambodian officials and businessmen pay for their children to get a decent international education.

We are happy that some honest officials and businessmen can afford to send their children to quality international schools, both inside and outside Cambodia.

However, many officials and businessmen have to commit corruption and other erroneous acts to build their fortune and pay for their children to pursue education overseas, while most Cambodian students have to go to local, substandard schools or drop out of classes to tend cows or work in the sweatshop industry.

Having benefiting from corruption committed by their parents, these students will return to Cambodia to hold senior positions in the government and businesses and repeat their parents’ wrongdoings.

The international schools may not want to profit from the money stolen from Cambodia or exploited from Cambodian people’s sweat and blood.

Because corrupt officials and dishonest businessmen can afford to send their children abroad to study, they do not care about improving local education system.

Limiting the access of the children of corrupt officials to overseas education will force them to upgrade the quality of the schools in Cambodia, where their children will also go to.


The Cambodia Daily

Tuesday, February 6, 2007


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