Cambodia arrests 30 undocumented Vietnamese nationals

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PHNOM PENH, July 26 (Xinhua): Cambodian police have arrested 30 illegal Vietnamese immigrants including eight women during a raid on a hotel in northwestern Siem Reap province, the National Police reported on Sunday (July 26).

"They were detained on Saturday for entering and living in Cambodia illegally," the National Police said on its website, adding that the group was sent to the provincial deportation centre for next legal procedures.

Under the kingdom's immigration law, any alien living in Cambodia without valid documents such as passports, visas, or work permits are subject to deportation.

According to the General Department of Immigration, Cambodia had expelled 17,230 illegal foreigners in 104 nationalities from 2014 to June 2020.

Meanwhile, the Phnom Penh reports that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has postponed the grade 12 national examinations for private schools from August 17-18 to August 27-28 so as not to clash with the upcoming national holiday scheduled from August 17-21.

The government declared the August holidays to compensate for the cancellation of the Khmer New Year holidays in April due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Minister Hang Chuon Naron (pictured) told private school directors to implement the change, but examinations will continue as planned.

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said private schools are preparing the examinations at their own institutions in cooperation with the ministry, and will follow Covid-19 prevention measures.

Soveacha said because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry will allow private institutions to prepare grade 12 examinations at their own institutions.

He said the reason for changing the examination dates is to ensure they do not clash with the five-day holiday from August 17-21.

“Private institutions must request a form from the ministry to organise the grade 12 national examinations so that we can check and acknowledge the application before the end of July, ” said Soveacha.

He said strict rules apply.

Each school has to prepare an examination centre and there must be only 10 to 15 students in each room. They have to follow guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) during the examinations.

No date has been set for examinations in public institutions. Right now, the ministry is telling students to continue distance learning.

Cambodian Higher Education Association (Chea) chairman Heng Vanda said he has asked Naron to allow grade 12 examinations in private institutions so private schools can continue their work in providing education in Cambodia. Chea counts more than 40 private schools as members.

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