Curbing Cheating During National Exam

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Police officers use a scanner to search candidates for electronic devices before entering the examination center. (Photo credit: General Commissariat of National Police’s Facebook Page) (Photo credit: General Commissariat of National Police’s Facebook Page)

PHNOM PENH, August 4, (Khmer Times) – The national high school exam was held Monday  with participation and observation by 26,000 education officers and 2,000 independent observers from the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) as planned.
 
The special measures were implemented to try and curb the rate of cheating that has been a symptomatic problem with the national exam for years and is part of the broader plan for education reform.
 
The Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Hang Chuon Naron, said that the initiatives are designed to strengthen the education system in order to enable Cambodian youths to compete with the populations of the other ASEAN members as Cambodia approaches integration into the ASEAN community in 2015.
 
An observer at Chaktomuk Secondary School said that the process of examination had run smoothly with no irregularities or issues occurring during the exam. 
 
Over the past few years, copies of exam papers, questions and answers have been spread via Facebook and other electronic media in addition to the copy shops.
 
A report on the ACU official Facebook page noted that two people in Takeo province had been arrested and a copy machine was seized during the first day of examinations. The suspects are alleged to have been attempting to sell copied versions of the exams for US$100 per subject. 
 
In Svay Rieng province, two people were arrested for attempting to be substitute test takers, according to the MoEYS’s official Facebook page.
 
A total of 93,456 students were scheduled to take the national exam for the academic year of 2013-14, while almost 108,000 students took the national exam in 2012-13. 

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