Gov’t Sacks Law Faculty Dean Dean to End Student Strike

A strike by students at the Faculty of Law has ended following a government decision to sack the school’s dean and cancel a controversial diploma.

Students at the faculty on Tues­day expressed satisfaction that their demands had been met.

“We will accept any candidate that at least graduated with a faculty degree,” several students at the campus said.

The students began protesting about 10 days ago after learning of allegations that a faculty diploma had been awarded to a Cam­bodian legal defender in Phnom Penh who had not completed the class work.

But Education Secretary of State Kea Sahorn has said the woman had several letters from National Assembly members backing her claim that she had been a student at the faculty in the early 1970s. He also said Education Minister Tol Lah had agreed last year to allow her to complete her studies for a diploma.

The woman, who has been away from her office for health reasons, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Kea Sahorn said he expected an announcement on the firing of Law Dean Lim Eng from the Council of Ministers this week. He said the Education Ministry would announce a new dean.

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