About 4,500 observers will be deployed for this year’s National Exam to prevent cheating and to continue reforms to the Education Ministry, the Anti-Corruption Unit said yesterday.
The ACU yesterday held a meeting with observers in Phnom Penh to instruct them on their duties for the Grade 12 high school exam, set for August 21 and 22.
ACU president Om Yentieng said there will be about 4,500 observers this year, compared with 5,676 last year who found 45 cases of attempted cheating.
“Our observers have been properly trained on what to look for and what to do to ensure a quality and fair exam,” said Mr Yentieng.
“The observers are ready to work and strictly administer the rules to help the Education Ministry improve its quality.”
Education Minister Hang Choun Naron, who also attended yesterday’s meeting, said exam observers were key to his reform of the ministry.
“This is the fourth year of the reformed exam, with the ACU joining us to observe and ensure that the process is clean and fair,” he said. “Students who study hard will pass.”
Reun Sarin, 27, an observer, said he volunteered to be an observer because he wanted to help the Education Ministry in its reforms.
“This is my first time to apply to be an observer for the exam,” he said.
“I got training from the ACU. I will be strict and I will not allow students to bring cheat-sheets, phones, or other banned items into the exam room.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday during a graduation ceremony that with the National Exam nearing, students must focus on their studies.
“Study to pass the exam and if you do not learn you will not pass,” said Mr Hun Sen, adding that students who failed the exam can study at vocational training schools.
“So, it means that we do not abandon the students who fail the exam,” he said.
For this year’s exam, there are 103,112 students and 178 exam centres. The results will be announced on September 12 for Phnom Penh and Kandal province and on September 13 for the rest of the country.
The number of candidates has increased by almost 10,000 compared with last year, when 93,752 students took the test.