In Cambodia education for the poor is LARGELY inaccessible for a variety of reasons:
– To enroll in public school children must own a birth certificate and family book. These cost money, as a result many poor children have no papers and are not eligible to register.
– Insufficient government funding to public schools results in unofficial daily fees being imposed upon the students by teachers. There is also costs for basic resources such as stationery, exam papers, uniforms, extra lessons and even bicycle parking, making it impossible for poor families to send their children to school.
Impoverished children are therefore forced out of school and into child labour to help their families survive. Sadly, they are denied the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for gainful future employment, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Without education and vital life skills, they are also vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, which may exacerbate the existing cycle of poverty in their families.