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Award-winners in an English-language spelling and reading exam

Kong Khantey, 30, former employee of Mfone company, is the mother of two sons. She said her son named Ouk Chanvathanak, 8, currently enrolled in year 2 at the private institution Footorints school, was selected by his school to join the exam at the Himawari Hotel.He took second prize in level B.

An overjoyed Khantey said: “I choose Footprints school for my son to study English there because I and my husband went to check at the school and saw that the way of their education could be trusted.”

Touch Komet
Touch Komet

“The tuition fee at Footprints school is a bit expensive; that is over US$2,500 per year, but the quality of their education is appropriate with the right knowledge. I believe that the education at private schools is really better quality than at state schools,” said Khantey.

Seng Sopheap is a medical doctor and the father of Seng Sunnehri, who is six years old. His daughter won first prize in Level A. He brought his daughter to participate in this English language spelling and reading exam after hearing an announcement at the school she attends.

Sopheap said: “my daughter has studied at ICS school for two years and she studied in kindergarten for only two years. I felt that the exam she took was a bit difficult because it contained difficult words but this is a method to make children study even harder and harder, otherwise they cannot win awards of honour and monetary awards.”

Ouk Chanvathanak
Ouk Chanvathanak

First prize in level C went to a little boy named Touch Komet, 9, a year 3 student at ICS. His father, Touch Chankrasna, an official at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, said he had three children. The eldest is Komet. He and his wife, who work in the National Bank of Cambodia, decided to send him to the ICS English school, which is a branch from Singapore.

“I know that the curriculum of private schools is better quality than state schools, and the teachers pay more attention,” Chankrasna said.

“We have to spend over US$2,000 a year for Komet’s study at ICS for four hours each morning, while for four hours each afternoon he goes to the Khmer school at AIS with another tuition fee that amounts to hundreds of dollars more.

Seng Sunehri
Seng Sunehri

“On top of that, my son has to has to do additional study with a Khmer teacher at home for one hour and a mathematics teacher for one hour. Doing so is training to make our kid try to study harder and harder, so that he will have a habit of studying 10 hours a day.”

Chankrasna added: “I had observed the exam my kid took very carefully. This exam was organised clearly and accurately; very fair and just. I would like to sincerely thank the Singaporean Club and all the organisers who created this event, which is very meaningful for our life.”

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