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Education Ministry spots exam bribery

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Students take their exam in August. KT/Mai Vireak

The Education Ministry yesterday said that candidates sitting for the teacher entrance exam should not be paying brokers in order to pass the test.

The ministry made the statement after information was circulated on social media offering candidates a guaranteed passing grade in exchange for money.

“The ministry would like to clarify that the exam process to recruit teachers at all levels will be conducted in compliance with legal principles and transparency,” the statement said, adding that candidates could potentially lose money and property if they chose to pay brokers.

The ministry said that the public should cooperate to provide further information to identify those propagating the offer.

Ministry spokesman Dy Khamboly said yesterday that the ministry has yet to receive any complaints related to the issue.

Mr Khamboly noted that the ministry first took notice when the offer was shared on Facebook.

“If there are opportunists actually committing this, they will be punished,” he said.

Mut Sophea, a former student in Oddar Meanchey province, said yesterday that teacher recruitment should be conducted fairly and with transparency.

“Since I applied for the exam, I have been feeling depressed because of the offering being made for potential teachers to pass the exam,” she said.

Kan Channakol, a Phnom Penh resident, said the ministry should take action and arrest the those involved in the scheme.

“If they have already reviewed the information, they have to monitor and make arrests,” Mr Channakol said. “But if there is only offers being made, then the perpetrators are not afraid.”

Potential teachers are expected to take the test on November 4 and November 30.

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