Corruption and Cheating a Way of Life for Cambodia Students (2)

“All the student always look documents and all the teachers always take some money from the student because the teachers said that if you don’t pay money for me I will catch your document all so you can not look it and today I am very happy because I passed examination and the first I want to say my parent that support me every time and after graduate from the high school I will go to university of Royal Phnom Penh and the faculty of English literature.”

Saturday, 27 August 2011 14:30 Borin Noun

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In Cambodia the results this year national high school exam have been announced.

More than 80 percent of the more than hundred thousand students who sat for the exam passed.

The government has hailed the result as positive but as Borin Noun reports a culture of corruption mean the rich have an unfair advantage.

Students earning listen to their exam results at the Bang Keng Kang high school in the centre of the capital Phnom Penh.

The results here in this well-funded school are high, 90 percent of the students here passed.

But they are not shy to admit that money played a part in their success.

Heng Moniroth said he paid 40 US dollars to his exam supervisors to get advanced copies of the exam.

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Cambodia’s bill to limit NGOs

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Cambodia’s bill to limit NGOs

If Cambodia passes a law to regulate NGO activity, what influence will it have on the work of land rights activists?

Cambodia’s Council of Ministers recently released a third draft of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (LANGO) that would more tightly control the eligibility of civil society organisations and how they are run. Several NGOs have spoken out against the proposed law, saying that it would give the government too much authority over their work.

“If the law is passed in its current form, everyone will lose out, from civil society to investors with an eye on Cambodia, but, above all, the Cambodian people in whose name NGOs and associations work,” said Virak Ou, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.

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Pressure mounts on monk

By Phnom Penh Post

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:01, John Anthony
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Venerable Loun Sovath (right) welcomes parliamentarian Seang Nam at a pagoda in Siem Reap province’s Chi Kraeng district to celebrate the release of 12 men from prison, some of whom were detained for more than two years, in connection with a land dispute.

A community that gathered yesterday to celebrate the release of farmers who had been jailed for more than two years following a land dispute were told that the monk who led their campaign to free the men had been banned from every pagoda in Siem Reap province.

The written notice from the province’s senior most monk, Venerable Pich San, was distributed ahead of the two-day event, which started on Saturday.

Pich San also banned Venerable Loun Sovath from leading the celebration and said that the monk, who has become famous for blessing communities involved in land disputes, had disobeyed Buddhist values.
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