Nat’l Police, ministries team up to ensure diploma exams go smoothly

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Students at Bak Touk High School for the Grade 12 exam in December 2021. Heng Chivoan

The National Police will cooperate with the capital and provincial administrations and other relevant authorities to set up mechanisms to ensure that the high school exam will go smoothly on December 5.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport held a high school exam coordination meeting last week which brought together Sar Sokha and Kim Sethany, secretaries of state for the education ministry, National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun as well as other leaders and education officials, including several heath ministry representatives.

“We will safeguard the transportation and storage of the exam papers and worksheets of the candidates. We will deploy police forces on standby and at exam centres to ensure the safety of the candidates and invigilators of the exam,” Kim Khoeurn said.

“We will also improve traffic flows when they travel to take the exam and we will guard the safety of the accommodations of the candidates and the invigilators,” he added.

The health officials and the capital and provincial officials alike also said that mechanisms will be set up to maintain the health and safety of the candidates before the exam and during the taking of the exam.

Sokha asked that all relevant parties collaborate closely to ensure the exam takes place under the legally defined principles that are transparent and acceptable, in-line with the government’s laid-out education reforms.

Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron said recently that the exam should be seen as a worthy challenge for the students who have been studying for 12 years to acquire the benefits of this knowledge.

He said in a November 21 press conference that the ministry holds the exams to encourage the students to study hard and to acquire knowledge, know-how and good manners.

“This year’s exam is not so strict that it will cause a lot of students to fail, but it is not too lax either, so that these students can go to higher education institutions and study abroad,” he said.

There are a total of 128,134 candidates for this year’s exams, which will be held at 221 exam centres. The ministry expects to announce the results for Phnom Penh and Kandal provinces on December 27 and the rest of the Kingdom on the following day.