The Education Ministry yesterday pleaded to social media users to cease sharing national exam questions and answers online.
The ministry said sharing exam materials online could affect transparency and integrity and anyone caught could potentially face legal action.
“Recently, Facebook users and pages have been sharing the answers to this year’s national exam questions,” the ministry said in a statement. “This action really impacts the exam process that needs to be transparent.”
“The ministry will cooperate with relevant authorities to find the owners of these pages and accounts in order to take action on their illegal activity,” it added.
Pheng Ty, a Facebook user who goes by the handle Vinhnheasar Bakdoub, said that it was an unofficial version of the exam that was shared online.
“I just wanted to share it with other students so they can check their answers, I didn’t know it was illegal,” Mr Ty said. “If the ministry wants it stopped then I will stop posting it, but I think it won’t affect students because they just want to know how much they have answered correctly.”
Phorn Sreypich, a Baktouk high school student, said yesterday that the online posts made her even more anxious about how she performed during the exam.
“It made me feel so sad and nervous because I verified my answers and it was different. I think I failed the exam,” Ms Sreypich said. “But I don’t really trust the answers provided on social media.”
The official exam results are expected to be announced on September 11 in the provinces and the next day for Phnom Penh.
The Education Ministry last week reported that 115,268 students sat for the exam while 1,899 were absent.
The ministry said that in 2017, 63.84 percent of students passed the exam.