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CITA head to file report on exam bribery

CITA head to file report on exam bribery

THE head of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association plans to file a report to the Education Ministry on the issue of “corruption during Grade 12 national exams” in physics and mathematics.

Rong Chhun, the president of CITA, said yesterday that the group had received reports from invigilators in Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Svay Rieng and Preah Sihanouk provinces that the mathematics exam was leaked on the night before yesterday’s test, and was being sold nationwide yesterday morning.

He added that supervisers and inspectors were still accepting bribes from candidates, some of whom were paying as much as 30,000 riels (US$7) to avoid punishment for cheating and copying.

“According to the education law, the results of these exams should be nullified and students must re-sit the exam if any test has been made public,” he said.

He said that the CITA report would be submitted sometime this weekend.

On Tuesday, Rong Chhun accused the chief inspector at the Hun Sen Saang exam centre in Kandal province of ordering all exam supervisors to take money from students sitting for exams this week.

Uo Eng, deputy director general of the Education Ministry’s General Department of Education, said yesterday he had not received any new complaints.

“Rong Chhun has always accused the Education Ministry of bad things, but it is his right,” he said. “I don’t care, because we are working hard already.”

A student at Intradevy High School in Tuol Kork district, who declined to be named, said she had spent almost $30 buying exam results from monitors, but said that teachers had ordered students to do so.

“For the last day of exams, I spent 30,000 riels per subject,” she said. “All good and bad students gave money to inspectors and monitors, so I had to as well.”

Students finished the final day of examinations yesterday, completing tests in mathematics and earth sciences.

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