Cambodia’s ‘no cheating in exams’ policy is working

August 26th, 2015 , VOA Khmer

Cambodia’s education minister says this year’s effort to prevent final-year students from cheating on their exams worked well, and he is confident results will be better than they were for the class of 2014. Many pupils will be hoping the same, given that 60 percent of last year’s class failed after the government introduced the “no-cheating” policy. …

Robert Carmichael

As exam nears, bribes replaced with tutoring fees

August 19th, 2015 , The Cambodia Daily

Beginning with last year’s Grade 12 national exam, the Education Ministry put a stop to the time-honored tradition of teachers taking bribes to allow students to cheat on the test, drastically reducing the passing rate among students and the profit-making potential for proctors. …

Janelle Retka and Huot Chanpav

Minister says national exam costs are fair

August 11th, 2015 , The Cambodia Daily

With the Grade 12 national high school exam about two weeks away, a group of five NGOs sent a letter to the Ministry of Education on Monday asking the government to prevent guesthouses from hiking their prices for students who have to stay overnight in provincial capitals to take the test. …

Huot Chanpav and Janelle Retka

Director embezzled: teachers

June 4th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Half of the faculty at Romeas Hek High School in Svay Rieng province has called for the director’s removal amid claims he has pocketed more than $20,000 by selling school property since 2008.

Putting their signatures and thumbprints to a nine-page demand sent to the Ministry of Education and obtained yesterday, 49 of the school’s 99 educators have claimed principal Mao Kimly sold construction materials donated to the school by a local authority across the border in Vietnam. …

Phak Seangly

Exam crackdown to intensify

May 12th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Students hoping to see the Ministry of Education lighten up after last year’s crackdown on high school exit exam cheaters are in for a rude awakening, according to officials, who say that penalties this year will likely include real jail time. …

Last year, the Education Ministry’s clampdown on cheating during the national exam saw the passing rate plummet from 87 per cent in 2013 to a disastrous 25 per cent.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron yesterday said his ministry plans to answer the prime minister’s call by continuing to follow the same procedures as last year’s exit exams but delivering tighter punishments against employees and civilians who take bribes or reproduce test answers.​ …

Chhay Channyda and Sarah Taguiam