Universities to close as city prepares to host leaders

Some universities and schools in Phnom Penh will be closed for six days this week to manage traffic issues and any potential security problems that arise during the ASEAN and East Asia summits, write Kuch Naren and Khuon Narim for The Cambodia Daily.

Prime Minister Hun Sen made the announcement at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh as armed forces were readying for potential security risks and demonstrations that may arise during the high-level meetings. “The minister of education requested that a number of schools along the boulevards where delegates will travel are closed, so I agree to close them from 16-21 [of November],” Hun Sen said.

US President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have all been announced as attending the series of meetings, which begin next Thursday. A total of 13 schools or universities are set to be closed, according to Chea Cheat, chief of the municipal education department.
Full report on The Cambodia Daily site