J UST under seven per cent of high school students due to graduate passed their
end-of-year examinations in the last school year, according to the Ministry of
Secondary (or lower high) school students fared better while
primary students, more than 50 per cent of whom graduated, did the
In the 1994-95 school year, a total of 1,377 - or 6.7 percent - of
23,000 Year 11 students passed their final exams. Those who pass graduate from
the school system to seek employment or undergo higher
Meanwhile, 19,480 - 29 per cent - of the Year 8 students at
secondary school passed their exams to graduate to high school.
schools, 71,250 - or 55 per cent - of 129,587 Year 5 students who sat
end-of-year exams graduated to secondary school.
Minister of Education
Tol Lah said the latest results were a small improvement over the past year or
two, but were grim compared to the 70-90 per cent pass rates under the former
State of Cambodia regime.
But corruption was previously common in the
education system, reflecting on examination results, and had increasingly been
reduced in recent years.
Meanwhile, other statistics show that schools
continue to be dominated by boys.
Girls comprise 45.2 per cent of primary
school students, 35.4 per cent of high schools pupils and 15.3 per cent of