Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Premier slashes price of med student exam




Premier slashes price of med student exam

Medical students protest in front of the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh last year.
Medical students protest in front of the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh last year. Pha Lina

Premier slashes price of med student exam

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced via Facebook on Friday that the cost of the final exam sat by university students seeking government accreditation to practice medicine will be reduced from $125 to just $25.

The price slash was in response to a Facebook post by medical student Darapiseth Sokha, who called on the PM to intervene after students had failed to convince the exam board after multiple protests at the University of Health Sciences.

“I hope that the 1433 students will feel better with this help with their spending, so that they have some money left over to support their livelihood,” Hun Sen’s post reads.

The prime minister said he had already cleared the price reduction with the health minister and an official request from the Council of Ministers would be issued in the coming days.

Sokha, the medical student, thanked the premier with a public Facebook post.

“All the medical students are happy with that and thank you to Samdech Hun Sen for bringing down the costs for the national medical student,” he wrote.

Thon Rasmey, a former medical student and protest leader, said after years of lobbying the exam board the price cut was welcomed, even though he had passed the exam over a year ago.

The premier’s gesture is just the latest in a recent series of unilateral concessions to everyday Cambodians, which experts have characterised as a bid to shore up popular support.

MOST VIEWED

  • Man Covid-19 positive after Thailand trip

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday reported the third Covid-19 case in less than two weeks, bringing the total to 125. The man, a 26-year-old from Tbong Khmum province's Tbong Khmum district, arrived at the O'Beichoan border checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province on Thursday. He is

  • Kingdom's GDP growth to narrow -1% to -2.9%, World Bank says

    The World Bank expects further recoil on Cambodia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to between minus one per cent and minus 2.9 per cent for 2020 as its main growth drivers – tourism, manufacturing exports and construction – take a beating due to Covid-19, its latest economic update

  • Vietnam: Tougher sentences for child abusers

    Several National Assembly (NA) deputies in Vietnam are calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to child abusers. They hope stricter punishments will act as a strong deterrent to prevent offenders committing further offences in the future. Extreme measures such as chemical castration were

  • Central bank to shun small US banknotes

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is considering not accepting smaller denominated US dollar banknotes – $1, $2 and $5 – from banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) which it said are flooding its stockpile as the demand for those notes is low. While some banking insiders welcomed the move as

  • PM lauded in Covid-19 fight

    World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen thanking him for following the WHO’s guidance and commending Cambodia’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. In his letter made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Workers return, hope for salaries

    More than 600 factory workers in the capital’s Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district returned to work after the factory’s owner promised to pay their salaries in instalments until the middle of next month. On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 600 workers gathered