Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Budget increased for high school exams

Budget increased for high school exams

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A student gets searched for contraband by officials before entering a national examination hall in 2014. Pha Lina

Budget increased for high school exams

The Ministry of Education has increased its spending for this year’s high school examination process for the 117,062 students sitting the tests this year, said Pring Morkoath, the head of the secondary education department.

“This year, we have increased the budget by half compared with last year,” he said.

There will be 195 exam centres operating across the Kingdom to accommodate the students.

Last year only 63,668 of the 99,728 students passed their exams.

According to Morkoath, arrangements are 90 per cent complete for the upcoming examinations.

“Nothing much changed for this year’s examination. However, we imposed more restrictions, such as levels of discipline and closed loopholes in management,” he said.

Morkoath said the budget for the process would be around $5 million, adding that the number of candidates was a big factor in the final cost.

He said payment for test proctors would be increased over previous years.

Education Minister Hang Choun Naron has said that the test will maintain its rigid rules based on legality, justice, transparency and acceptable results. He confirmed it was a system dubbed as “you know, you pass”.

This year’s examinations will run on August 20 and 21 while the results will be posted on September 11 in Phnom Penh and Kandal province, and the next day in other provinces.

The Ministry of Education appealed for all candidates to respect the examination rules and reiterated that electronic devices are prohibited in testing rooms. Anyone who defies the rules will automatically fail the test.

MOST VIEWED

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police

  • Rapper deletes song critical of Cambodian social issues

    A young musician has deleted from Facebook and YouTube a rap song that was critical of Cambodia’s social issues and announced that he will stop singing the song after officials visited his home in Siem Reap province and allegedly gave him a warning. Provincial

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Kampong Chhnang teacher detained for providing health services

    Kampong Chhnang provincial court on Saturday ordered a schoolteacher into pre-trial detention for allegedly providing health services and injections illegally in Kampong Tralach district. Chhuon Siven, the Kampong Chhnang provincial court spokesperson, told The Post on Sunday that the court had ordered the detention of