The Education Minister on Monday warned that students who cheat during the national exam could risk failing their senior year in high school.
“If a cheater is found copying off someone, we will note their information and the ministry will investigate,” Education Minister Chuon Naron said. “If we find that the answers were copied, then the student will fail.”
Sisowath Monychanda, a senior at Chea Sim Santhormuk high school, said yesterday that she supports strict exam rules being implemented by the ministry.
Ms Monychanda noted that integrity is an imperative aspect that should always be ensured.
“I’m not surprised that the minister warned Grade 12 students about cheating during the exam because it’s a rule,” she said. “I support it, and students should also prepare themselves by studying hard.”
Hun Many, president of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, yesterday told students to be prepared for the national exam scheduled for next week.
“You have to try your best for your own success, for the honour of your family and for the country,” Mr Many said. “Have enough sleep, eat healthy and don’t worry too much. You have to believe that you can do it.”
Last month, Mr Chuon said that the ministry has spent about $5 million to prepare for the exam.
He said that his hopes were high and added that the education sector has been going through major reforms to improve integrity in education.
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.