Despite obstacles during the national exam over the past two days, the process itself was lauded as smooth and an improvement over the previous years, the Education Minister said today.
Education Minister Hang Choun Naron added that the national exam itself has been undergoing reforms over the past few years.
Mr Choun Naron said that the exam process will continue to improve in the upcoming years.
“The process this year is much improved compared to last year due to direct support from the ministry and cooperation between national and local officials and also the ACU,” he said.
“I don’t know what my next position will be, but if I do continue as the Education Minister then I will continue to reform the system,” he added.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said that several students were affected by a sickness, but noted that most were able to sit for the test.
“In the middle of the exam, some students felt dizzy and some students vomited,” the ministry said, noting that 64 students had health problems.
Ouk Chayvy, director of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, said yesterday there were no major problems impacting the examination process.
“From outside of one of the exam centres, we saw that it was good and they clearly checked students for contrabands,” Ms Chayvy said. “Observers have also reported that the monitoring process went smoothly.”
The ministry said that 115,268 students sat for the exam, while there were 1,899 absentees. It added that four exam observers and seven students were sanctioned for bringing their mobile phones into an examination room.
Floods also affected exam centres in the provinces of Koh Kong, Kep, Takeo, Kratie, Ratanakkiri, Bantheay Meanchey, Kampong Chhnang, Preah Sihanouk and Mondulkiri.