Nod given for school exams

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In holding examinations, private institutions have to take measures to prevent Covid-19 as advised by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. Hong Menea

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport announced that State-run higher educational institutions can hold examinations to end the academic year, while private schools can organise grade 9 and grade 12 examinations at their premises for two days.

However, private institutions have to take measures to prevent Covid-19 as advised by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The ministry issued a letter on Tuesday that said due to technical [problems], online examinations could not be held.

The ministry said it would permit universities or institutions that are State higher education establishments to hold examinations to end the academic year. One examination room had to accommodate from 15 to 20 students and coronavirus preventative measure must be taken.

The ministry sent a separate letter to the Cambodian Higher Education Association, saying it had also permitted private educational establishments to hold lower secondary education and high school diploma examinations and private higher education institutions to hold examinations to end the academic year for two days respectively.

For private education establishments that want to hold online examinations in accordance with their calendars, the ministry will cooperate to get the examinations to quality standards.

“Educational establishments that follow the guidance of the ministry can issue lower secondary education and high school diplomas recognised by the ministry.

“But those private establishments have to sign the diplomas. The ministry will go down to inspect them when necessary to guarantee diploma quality,” the letter said.

Private educational establishments that cannot hold online examinations will have to upgrade legal standards relevant to the examination processes and application forms for examinations, and send them to the ministry for inspection and recognition.

Lower secondary education and high school examinations are always held in August. A ministry official said last week that the ministry will announce a decision on the possibility of reopening schools.

Cambodia has not reported new cases of Covid-19 since June 29.

Still, the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall is being cautious and on Tuesday notified all owners of entertainment club businesses and KTVs that they can reopen their businesses with a condition.

“In order to participate in economic activities and offer jobs again, the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall allows all owners of entertainment club businesses and KTVs in the capital to reopen by converting them into restaurants,” its notice said.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall said owners had to strictly follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and safety measures outlined by the Ministry of Tourism.