Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Teacher told to ‘prepare’ after ACU interrogation

Teacher told to ‘prepare’ after ACU interrogation

Exam supervisors search students outside Phnom Penh's Sisowath High School before the start of the Grade 12 national exam last month.
Exam supervisors search students outside Phnom Penh's Sisowath High School before the start of the Grade 12 national exam last month. Pha Lina

Teacher told to ‘prepare’ after ACU interrogation

One of the teachers questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit over “irregularities” during last month’s high-stakes Grade-12 national exam yesterday said she had been told to “get ready” for a court date.

Chaing Changhourt, who teaches at Phnom Penh’s Hun Sen Bun Rany Phsar Doeum Thkov High School, was one of two teachers and two Ministry of Education officials questioned on Monday.

“I’m innocent,” said Changhourt, who was questioned for two hours. “The ACU told me to get myself ready when the court calls . . . They have asked me to prepare evidence to defend myself.”

However, Changhourt is not entirely clear as to what allegations would be forwarded to court. Although the ACU claimed she had been “physically hitting ACU staff”, Changhourt maintained that an ACU staff member was taking pictures of students during the exam, and she asked the individual to stop because it would “disrupt” the students.

The confrontation had led to an argument, she said.

ACU President Om Yentieng could not be reached yesterday, but would not say on Monday what further action, if any, the unit will take against those who were questioned.

Ouk Chayavy, acting president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association – which Changhourt consulted before appearing at the ACU – said she didn’t believe Changhourt’s case would be criminal.

MOST VIEWED

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • Four-pillar approach in reopening of tourism: PM

    Cambodia is drawing up a four-strategy approach to promptly restore domestic and international tourism activity and put the industry on a transition pathway to a sustainable and inclusive model that is resistant to future crises, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The prime minister made

  • Airline says ready for green light to reopen international tourism

    Sky Angkor Airline Co Ltd on September 21 said it is ready to transport South Korean and Chinese tourists to the Kingdom once the Cambodian government makes good on plans to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers. The Siem Reap-based airline made the remark during a

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Cambodian bride ‘badly treated, held captive’ by Chinese man seeks help

    A Cambodian woman who travelled to China to marry a Chinese man there was “badly treated” by her husband’s family and then had to be rescued and will be returned to Cambodia to ensure her safety. The rescue operation came about after the 25-year-old