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|New study highlights status of youth civic participation in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, 21 July 2011
Cambodian youth feel optimistic about the overall direction their country is taking but face challenges on the way to a meaningful participation in the political and socio-economic life of Cambodia. A lack of knowledge and understanding of democratic processes and difficulties expressing issues of concern are among the obstacles to greater youth participation as citizens, a study said.
The United Nations Development Programme released the findings of the nation-wide Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Study on youth civic participation and the media in Cambodia on Thursday. UNDP commissioned the BBC World Service Trust to conduct the study with the objective to support greater civic engagement, participation and interaction between the government, civil society and citizens through better understanding of youth awareness and participation in democratic processes.
The baseline study involved face to face interviews with 2000 youth aged 15-24 discussing civic participation, knowledge of democratic institutions and electoral participation. It showed that respondents’ knowledge of democratic institutions and their roles was very limited, particularly of elected bodies such as the Parliament and commune councils.
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The Cambodian Independent Teachers association is calling on the government to punish corrupt exam supervisors who have been accused of selling copies of the national exam to students.
Cases of leaked national examination papers have been reported in 15 provinces including the capital.
As Borin Noun in Phnom Pehn reports students say corruption is ingrained in the education system.
Tep Many is in her final year of school at the Phnom Penh high school.
She paid 25 US dollars to buy a copy of the national exam.
MEAS SOKCHEA – PHNOM PENH POST
Corrupt officials should be punished by the Ministry of Education amid allegations that they leaked examination papers to students during nationwide high-school exams, a representative from the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association said yesterday.
May Sopheaktra, a member of CITA’s central committee, claimed yesterday that exam officials had leaked copies of the paper to students, and said that he had observed irregularities at five exam centres in the capital.
Wednesday, May 18, 201
|Garment factory workers return home after work on a trailer pulled by a tractor in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district. (Photo by: Will Baxter)
|Graduates from the Royal University of Phnom Penh listen to a speech during a graduation ceremony earlier this year. (Photo by: Sovan Philon
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Liam Barnes, The Phnom Penh Post
The economy is not able to generate enough jobs in the formal sector to handle the large number of entrants….