The Education Ministry is working to identify the user behind a Facebook post offering to alter grades on Grade 12 transcripts in exchange for money.
According to the ministry, a person on Facebook who goes by the name Seva Phseng Teat offered to alter certified high school transcripts for payment ranging from $1,300 to $1,500.
“Such an offer is illegal and it violates the dignity and the efforts of the government, as well as affect the Education Ministry’s implementation of reforms,” the ministry said in a statement. “The ministry wants to improve the quality of education in Cambodia, this offer affects the effort Cambodian students put in to learn.”
It noted that the ministry is working with police to take action against the person responsible for the post. It also appealed to the public to prevent the distribution of the offer, and provide information to the authorities regarding the identity of the culprit.
“The offer is fake and it affects the ministry’s reputation and the feelings of students,” it said. “Parents and students are advised to be against taking this offer.”
Ouk Chhayavy, president of the Cambodia Independent Teacher’s Association, yesterday said she heard about the offer, but doubts it is real.
Ms Chhayavy said if the offer is true, then it could affect the quality of education, and discourage students from studying hard.
“When trying to get a job, students will need a degree. Some people fail exams, and obtain one in exchange for money,” she said. “But I think that it’s been very strict – no one dares to do it.”
Ms Chhayavy noted that the ministry must take action against the culprit.
“If not, students will lose confidence with the government, and the ministry over the quality of education,” she said. “We need fairness for all students. The transcript from the ministry should be reflective of their abilities.”
Srey Deth, a student, said the Education Ministry should take action against the person who posted the offer online.
Ms Deth said in order to receive the certificate, graduates have had to work hard.
“They study for 12 years in order to pass many exams,” she said. “Passing the national exam will certify them.”
“We don’t know whether the offer is real or not, but on behalf of all students, the ministry should take action against the person who made the offer,” Ms Deth said.