The Anti-Corruption Unit yesterday met with national exam observers from across the country to issue final instructions on how to monitor the test scheduled for next week.
ACU president Om Yentieng said that observers must be stricter while monitoring the exam.
“There’s only a few days left before the national exam will be held across the Kingdom,” Mr Yentieng said. “As observers, our obligation is to facilitate the process with good quality.”
He said that more observers are being trained this year when compared to last year.
“The number of observers has increased by 500 from last year,” Mr Yentieng said. “This year, there will be a total of 5,000 observers from NGOs, the private sector and universities.”
Kea Panha, a university student, said that he was appointed by the ACU to observe the exam process in Banteay Meanchey province.
“I am going to observe the examination of Grade 12 students this year because I want to experience it myself and I also want to be a part of the ACU, too,” he said. “The meeting clearly explained how to be an observer and I’m ready for it.”
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said last month that he is expecting students to excel this year, as the ministry spent about $5 million to prepare for the examination.
“We hope that this year we will have 500 straight-A students,” he said, adding that the education system in the country has been undergoing reforms over the past four years.
Results are expected to be announced on September 12 for Phnom Penh and Kandal province. The rest of the country’s results are expected to be announced the following day.
The exam will take place on August 20 and the ministry expects 117,061 high school students to participate, a rise from the 103,112 students last year. The number of exam centres has also risen, from 178 to 195.
The ministry said last year that 63.84 percent of students passed the exam, while 28 students were sanctioned for cheating.