State TV to Quiz Students on Asean Economics

Eighteen students from high schools around Phnom Penh will have their knowledge of regional economics put to the test this month as state broadcaster TVK is set to air a new quiz show about Asean integration starting on Friday.

The televised competition, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will reward the winner with $1,500, giving smaller cash prizes to the next five finishers and electric fans to the other contestants, according to a press release from the ministry.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is organizing the program mainly in order for Cambodian youth to understand more comprehensively about…the Asean Community,” said ministry spokesman Chum Sounry, adding that judges would include officials from the ministries of foreign affairs, commerce and education.

Chey Sorthea, deputy director of TVK, said the “Quiz Welcoming the Asean Community 2015” will start filming today and Wednesday, and would be broadcast on Fridays for the next three weeks at 8 p.m., following the evening news.

He said that six high schools in the city were each asked to select three 11th graders to compete in the quiz show.

“We provided [contestants] and the schools with questions ahead of the contest, but not answers, so they can do more research to answer those questions,” Mr. Sorthea said.

During the first episode, the panel of judges will select three of the nine contestants, and do the same during the second episode. For the last installation on July 31, the judges will quiz the six finalists and select a winner.

Mak Dany, deputy director of Preah Sisowath High School, said the three contestants from her school were selected based on their English ability, courage and knowledge of Asean.

“We found only three students who said that they were strongly interested in the program and could join it,” she said.

Monileak Sokun Thika, 16, one of the contestants from Preah Sisowath High School, said she first heard of the program about 10 days ago, and signed up to take part.

“I dare not to say how much I hope to win the contest because I think other contestants probably have good knowledge about Asean too,” she said.

“However, I still feel optimistic because I believe in my ability, especially in history and geography of Asean.”

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