Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 17 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has instructed education minister Hang Chuon Naron to discuss with the Chinese side to facilitate the sending of Cambodian students back to China.

The instruction was made following a number of requests from Cambodian students who claimed that online study is not effective.

The premier spoke at a press conference held on Friday morning at the Peace Palace on the launching ceremony of vaccination campaign for children aged from 6 to under 12 years old.

Premier Hun Sen also recalled his advice given to Cambodian students studying in China, particularly in Wuhan, to not leave China and overcome difficulties with China.

“I once said that if our students left China at that hard time, I was worried it would be difficult for them to go back to study in China. That is why I visited China and supported them in the fight against COVID19. The visit is a message not to let Cambodian students leave China during hard time," he said.

According to the report of Association of Cambodian Students in China, approximately 1,707 Cambodian students received scholarships to study in China, 647 of them are female. Currently, only 51 students are living and studying in China, while about 1,656 students returned to Cambodia during the holidays in late 2020 and have not returned to China due to COVID19 restrictions.