New study highlights status of youth civic participation in Cambodia

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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Corruption and Cheating a Way of life for Cambodia Students

Saturday, 06 August 2011 15:09 Borin NounPhoto: http://khmernz.blogspot.com

 

 

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.

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High School Exam Corruption Claims

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.

“At [one] centre, a student read the question of the examination out and five minutes later a relative of that student read the answer back to him,” May Sopheaktra said.

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Tapping into Cambodia’s talent

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….
Cambodia’s economy may be recovering from the global financial crisis, but experts point to continuing challenges finding higher-paid employment for the country’s young population.
Some 65 to 70 percent of the domestic labour force is employed in subsistence agriculture, but with about 48 percent of the Kingdom’s population currently under 20 years old, according to the United States Commercial Service’s 2011 Doing Business in Cambodia Guide, demand for higher-paying employment is expected to only increase.
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