The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is organising a National Grade 12 exam on December 21-22 with more than 121,000 expected to participate – an increase of 4,000 students compared to last year.
Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha told The Post the ministry is cooperating with institutions like the Ministry of Interior, the Anti-corruption Unit, the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) and the Ministry of Health to maintain quality.
“The interior ministry will provide cooperation to maintain order in all stages of the Grade 12 exam this year. The Anti-Corruption Unit will also monitor the exams like in past years,” he said.
UYFC joined to teach and train students and the Ministry of Health provided cooperation by working with health officials at local schools. The education ministry is providing exam monitors like in previous years.
The education ministry held a workshop on November 23 to go over the roles and duties of assistants so exams take place in line with legal principles, justice, transparency and an acceptable result.
Education minister Hang Chuon Naron headed the workshop, which was attended by 95 participants who will serve as the heads of the juries in Phnom Penh and provinces across the country.
Those juries include 25 directors of training establishments, 23 teachers, 25 education department directors, trainers, and coordinators and 22 assistants.
Soveacha said assistants have the role of monitoring and observing exam centres across the country. Nationwide assistants were chosen from the ranks of trainee teachers.
“The duties of assistants are to respect the laws, the paperwork and the guidelines of the education ministry. They have to respect the guidance of the heads of juries in the capital and provinces across the country and the heads of exam centre committees,” he said.
He added they have to check the situations around the centres and the entrances and exits of the centres when candidates take the exam.
They have to stand outside rooms and look inside through doors and windows. Nationwide assistants have the right to report irregularities to police and heads of the centres. They have to keep a close watch but have no right to bring mobile phones or electronic tools and bags to the centres.
A temporary figure showed there is a total of 121,201 candidates this year – an increase of 4,158.
The number of exam centres stands at 237 – an increase of 35. There are 4,891 exam rooms, an increase of 167.