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Time to cheat or time to learn?

Over the last three days some 80000 students were passing their final examinations (Bacalauréat) at high schools all over the Kingdom (VIJ2008056).

Cambodia being Cambodia and corruption sneaking in every interstice, there is no reason why these examinations would be fair and square. That is despite police blocking the streets around the schools to prevent cheat sheets from flying over the fence, the closing of photocopy stores near the schools and other strict measures. Somehow, each year, the examination questions are out on the street for grabs (and money) before the students start the tests.

Cambodia, Examinations

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 5/08/2008: Students passing cheat sheets to friends before examinations at Chaktomuk high school.

You can read that story tomorrow on Ka-set website (www.ka-set.info). That is IF the server is functional again, because right now it is a flatliner… I can’t recommend Maven Hosting to anyone anymore…

Between 5 or 6 hours power outings and surprise server suspensions it isn’t easy to run a website in Cambodia…

2 Responses to “Time to cheat or time to learn?”

  1. john: :))

    good to see all is still right with the world (students crimping and cheating for exams) and that the world is still not right (teachers/schools/administrators thinking to crack down as if this somehow makes the exams more meritorious) …

    love the pic :)))…could be from the cold war ;))…

    incidentally, what about contacting Shinji for hosting services…in this day and age, doesn’t seem like you’d have to be beholden to these kind of server problems…

    just a thought…

    hugs
    b

    bobblack - August 6th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

  2. […] Seeing Article by Mr. Phark Seangly regarding to bribe during the exam, I remember about my 2008-article on the one of the early online news sites in Cambodia. Unfortunately the news site called ka-set.info is already closed. We could not find the link to the website anymore. However, I still have the article in English below. And photos of Mr. John Vink.  […]

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