Nearly two thousand candidates yesterday sat for examinations to secure jobs in eleven Interior Ministry departments at the Santhormuk High School and Santhormuk Primary School.
Security was tight and police officers conducted body searches to determine if candidates were bringing in cheat-sheets, mobile phones or any type of electronic device into the examination halls.
Pen Vibol, Interior Ministry personnel department director, yesterday said that it was a competitive exam to select capable candidates for the jobs.
“This morning, 1,816 candidates took part in the exams to fill posts in all the departments in the Interior Ministry,” he said. “Only about ten candidates were absent.”
“The recruitment will take place every year because there are 2,000 police officers on average retiring from the ministry due to old age or physical inability to continue working,” Mr Vibol said.
He added that that overall, the examination process went on smoothly.
“According to the report from all the invigilators, there were no irregularities like cheating and the situation is much better than last year,” Mr Vibol said. “The exam papers will also be kept in a safe room and tomorrow we will have a meeting to discuss the marking of the papers.
All 1,816 candidates sat for the exams in 74 rooms in both schools and 590 candidates will be selected to work in the eleven departments.
Yin Khy, who took the exam to secure a job at the Police Academy, said that the questions were tough for him because he was not accustomed to writing long answers.
“I chose to apply for a position at the Police Academy of Cambodia and there were a lot of questions to answer,” he said. “However, I don’t write much and it was a bit hard for me to write such long answers.”
Last week, the Interior Ministry also held examinations to recruit police officers to work in the capital and provincial police commissariats, with more than 1,000 candidates sitting for them.