Education

Teachers to Receive Pay Hike to 1.5m Riel by 2023

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has pledged to increase public school teachers’ wages to a minimum of 1.5 million riel by next year
Students leave a school in Koh Kong province. Kiripost/Prak Chan Thul
Students leave a school in Koh Kong province. Kiripost/Prak Chan Thul

Public school teachers are in line for a pay rise to a minimum of 1.5 million riels by 2023, a Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) spokesman said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference under the theme of the five-year achievements of the MoEYS, Secretary General and Spokesperson Ros Sovacha said the Ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Economy and Finance in order to improve the quality and well-being of teachers.

In 2015, teachers’ salaries sat between more than 500,000 riels to 1.2 million riels. As of 2022, the salary is 1.2 million riels. From 2023 onwards, teachers' salaries will be at least 1.5 million riels, Sovacha said.

“In 2015, teachers' wages ranged from more than 500,000 riels to 1.2 million riels. The salary is 1.2 million riels in 2022,” he said at the press conference. “Teachers' wages will be at least 1.5 million riels by 2023.”

Ouk Chhayavy, a sports teacher at Jayavarman 7 high school, said teachers simply want to live a healthy life, but added he would welcome a pay increase.

“We are happy if the wage does not include an allowance,” she said. “If it is a minimum wage, we will be happy.”

She added that the association requires a minimum wage of 2 million riels. However, if they increase to 1.5 million, she will be happy if it is in line with the minimum wage.

“We have nothing to be excited about if it grows to 1.5 million riels by including allowance because we have already hit 1.5 million riels, while some teachers have risen to 1.7 million, but it is not a minimum salary,” she said.

As of 2021 to 2023, Cambodia has 18,430 public and private schools, and more than 3.5 million students.