The Education Ministry plans to spend nearly $5 million on the national high school exam this year.
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said yesterday that the ministry spent about $4.8 million preparing for the national exam every year. Costs included 31,000 invigilators, exam centre processes, equipment, allowances for security guards and other expenses.
“To ensure a high-quality exam, we have prepared a standard of exam classification according to the level of thinking and knowledge of the candidates,” he said. “We do not make it easy for them.”
Mr Chuon Naron noted that due to costs, there would not be any re-sitting of the exam this year for students that failed.
For the exam to be conducted transparently and with acceptable results, the minister urged candidates to respect regulations.
He said they should not cheat or hide documents, or take any kind of electronic equipment into exam rooms.
“Before entering the exam, there will be checks for documents, notes and mobile phones, which will be removed if students have them,” he said. “And when starting the exam, if officers find that candidates have phones, documents or notes hidden on their bodies, the student will automatically fail the exam.”
Mr Chuon Naron told officials with the job of supervising the exams to abide by the regulations. Those making mistakes would be punished.
In the case of serious misconduct, they will be removed from the civil service framework, he said.
The ministry said 11,7061 candidates will sit the exam in 195 centres divided into 4,716 rooms across the capital and provinces.