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Education Minister Predicts an Improvement in Exam Results

After thousands of teachers completed grading the grade 12 national exam on Wednesday, the education minister on Thursday predicted improved results compared to last year, when less than 25 percent of students passed the first round of the test.

Children’s Hospitals to Get Extra $2M From Gov’t

The Finance Ministry on Wednesday announced that an additional $2 million from the 2015 national budget would go toward the five Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap City, which have provided free medical services to millions of Cambodians for more than two decades.

Informal Workers Find Jobs Easy, Conditions Poor

Young workers employed in Phnom Penh’s expansive informal economy may find it easy to get a job, but they face a high likelihood of labor abuses and receive significantly less pay than their peers in the formal sector, according to a study released over the weekend.

Ministry Defends Pro-CPP Speech at University

The Education Ministry on Monday defended a pro-CPP speech delivered to some 1,500 students at a university in Phnom Penh on Sunday, reasoning that the school did not breach the ministry’s new directive against political activity at academic institutions because classes had finished for the semester.

Border Issue Big Because No Other Problems Exist, Hor Namhong Says

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong said Sunday that the opposition CNRP has only been enjoying so much success in its recent campaign against Vietnamese incursions into Cambodia because no other problems exist in the country.

Report Raises Lack of Debate in Mute National Assembly

There was almost no meaningful debate in the National Assembly in the first half of this year despite its lawmakers passing legislation creating a new electoral commission and regulating NGOs in the country, the Committee for Free and Fair Elections (Comfrel) said Thursday.

Grade 12 Exam Asks Students to Explain the ‘Culture of Dialogue’

In the country’s current political climate, the term “culture of dialogue” is inescapable, whether because it is being used to resolve the issues of the day or allegedly being violated by the ruling or opposition party.

Repeat Test Takers Learn to Manage Expectations

Nam Meng Ang, 18, had little confidence in his ability to pass the grade 12 national exam this year—which determines which students get to enter university—having failed last year’s test, and the retake offered several weeks later.

One Arrested, 19 Faint on the First Day of National Exam

A grade 11 student may face jail time after he was arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday for impersonating his older brother and attempting to sit the grade 12 national exam in his place, officials said.

The Cycle of Rice: Transplanting

In Kep province, farmers have spent the past several weeks transplanting rice seedlings that will be harvested in about four months. Thus begins the first of a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Cambodia Still Near Bottom of Laundering Index

Cambodia is still among the 10 most at-risk countries in the world for money laundering and terrorist financing, despite being one of two countries that saw the greatest improvements, according to an annual global index released Tuesday.

Kratie Families Feel Effects of NGO Law

Officials in Kratie province are insisting that a small group of families involved in a local land dispute register with the Interior Ministry or be “punished."

Soldier Who Shot Wife Arrested in Laos

Police in Laos on Tuesday night arrested a Cambodian soldier who was on the run after shooting his wife in the neck with an AK-47 at their home in Stung Treng province’s Siem Pang district on Monday.

Election Body Set to Form New Administration

A sub-decree regulating the internal functioning of the new National Election Committee was signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday, paving the way for the election body to select new administrative officials and begin organizing itself for elections scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

Border Soldier at Large After Shooting Wife in Neck

Police in Stung Treng province are searching for a soldier who shot his wife in the neck in a jealous rage at their home in Siem Pang district on Monday night, an official said Tuesday.

Fifty-Five Young Judges and Prosecutors Sworn In

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana on Monday presided over the swearing-in of 55 recent graduates of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions as judges and prosecutors at the Royal Palace’s throne hall in Phnom Penh.

Official Charged After Severing Colleague’s Fingers

The Pursat Provincial Court on Monday charged a border police official with intentional violence for cutting off his colleague’s fingers with a cleaver at their barracks on Friday night, officials said.

Police Search for Truck Driver Over Suspected Garment Heist

Police in Phnom Penh are searching for the driver of an abandoned and empty container truck, which was found in Russei Keo district on Sunday morning and was scheduled to deliver a shipment of garments to a dry port in Pur Senchey district, officials said.

Outlasting the Cast

The contestants are alone in the jungle, fighting to be the last one standing. But even the survivor eventually leaves the island. And when that happens, well, an entire village remains. Sok San, a fishing community of some 360 residents on this 7,800-hectare island, boasts an unusual business. For the past four years, it has served as a production base camp for various iterations of the global reality television franchise “Survivor.”

Ministry Slams NGOs for Criticism of Prime Minister

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs released a statement Thursday expressing its “grave regret” at a joint NGO statement that criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen for a speech in which he referred to an unnamed female protester as a female animal.