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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.

Activists Launch Smartphone Apps to Protect Women

Three free smartphone applications designed by Cambodian women to help reduce gender-based violence in the country were launched by The Asia Foundation on Monday.

As Exam Nears, Bribes Replaced With Tutoring Fees

Beginning with last year’s Grade 12 national exam, the Education Ministry put a stop to the time-honored tradition of teachers taking bribes to allow students to cheat on the test, drastically reducing the passing rate among students and the profit-making potential for proctors. With this year’s exam set to begin on Monday, teachers say they have capitalized on the reforms by offering test-preparation classes for students willing to put in the work to pass.

Through Drawings, Artist Celebrates City’s Gay Community

Kong Dara created his latest exhibit specifically for the venue Strange Fruit Cambodia, a cafe, bar and art gallery that opened its doors earlier this year and has quickly found its place in Phnom Penh’s LGBTQ community.

Minister Says National Exam Costs Are Fair

With the Grade 12 national high school exam about two weeks away, a group of five NGOs sent a letter to the Ministry of Education on Monday asking the government to prevent guesthouses from hiking their prices for students who have to stay overnight in provincial capitals to take the test.

Bittersweet Scars

The trees bursting with red flowers lining Phnom Penh’s Sihanouk Boulevard—giving a vibrant hue to the view from Java Cafe’s balcony—are reflected in “The Flame Tree of Knowledge,” Chath Piersath’s favorite painting in his current exhibit, “Scar,” showing at Java.

Rape Cases Up 64% in First Half of 2015, Adhoc Says

Rights group Adhoc recorded 131 rape cases in the first six months of the year, compared to 80 cases in 2014—a nearly 64 percent increase—due to the influence of “uncontrolled foreign cultures” such as pornography, according to a report released by the NGO on Wednesday.

NGOs Ask King Not to Sign NGO Law

A group of 26 local NGOs submitted a letter to King Norodom Sihamoni on Thursday calling on him to refuse to sign off on a controversial law regulating non-governmental groups in the country.

Government Releases Draft Law on Food Safety

The Commerce Ministry on Wednesday released a draft of the country’s first food law, which establishes a Food Safety Authority charged with protecting domestic consumers and ensuring that exports meet international standards.

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Cambodia’s pardon of Australian filmmaker ends ‘nightmare’, says family

The family of an Australian filmmaker pardoned by Cambodia after being jailed on espionage charges said on Saturday it was happy the “nightmare” came to an end, while the Australian foreign minister thanked the government in Phnom Penh for his release.

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