Over 94 per cent of students in Phnom Penh who recently took their Grade 9 examination have passed, while results for candidates in most provinces are set to be finalised on November 23.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has also established rules and regulations for candidates sitting for their high school diploma examination scheduled for December 27.

Hem Sinareth, director of the Phnom Penh municipal education department, said on November 22 that the results of the lower secondary diploma exam held on November 15 at 63 testing centres across the capital revealed that 13,709 out of the total 14,506 candidates who took the exam, or 94.5 per cent, passed. There were a total of 15,313 students registered for the exam, 7,832 of whom were females. And of the 13,709 candidates who passed, 7,186 were females.

“The Grade 9 exam this year went as planned at all centres. No significant problems were noticed with each centre following the instructions. All entrances to centres had alcohol sanitisers and thermometers,” he said.

In Tbong Khmum province where more than 7,000 students sat for the exam, over 94.66 per cent passed, according to results released by the provincial education department.

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said on November 22 that results were published on November 22 at each testing centre and online. He said the ministry will release all results after it has collected them from across the country.

He said that in general, the exam process on November 15-16 went well and ended with acceptable results as planned and similar to previous years. Nevertheless, he said a small number of candidates were absent during the exam for personal reasons.

He said the examination continued to follow the principles of the law, justice transparency and acceptable results in accordance with health safety measures.

According to Soveacha, the total number of candidates who sat for the Grade 9 exam nationwide was 162,589, of whom 87,871 were females. There were 1,722 examination centres and 7,327 examination rooms.

Separately, education minister Hang Chuon Naron on November 22 issued regulations and discipline for candidates taking the Grade 12 exam, also known as the baccalaureate exam or “Bac II”, which falls on December 27.

The announcement aimed to maintain order during the exam and to improve health and safety for the exam committee and candidates in the context of Covid-19. It specified permitted activities for candidates during the exam.