The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport called for more donations from local and international donors to incentivise outstanding students in Khmer literature, mathematics and physics, ahead of national contests in these three subjects scheduled for June.

In an appeal signed by education minister Hang Chuon Naron on April 21, the ministry noted that this year’s contests for grades 9 and 12 students will be organised on June 13 at the “10th January 1979” high school in Siem Reap province.

The results, together with certificates and awards, will be announced and conferred to the winners on June 19 at the same venue.

The contests for students of both grades are held annually to promote quality education through the continuous development of human resources with the knowledge and skills needed to build a strong society and spur economic growth.

“The ministry calls on generous people, both local and international, to provide financial support and materials to incentivise all award recipients from across the country and to continue this movement in the coming years,” it said.

The ministry said donors can contribute their support through its examination department located on Norodom Blvd in Phnom Penh or contact 012 843 476 and 077 994 200 for more information. Donors are also invited to attend the closing of the contests.

Ahead of the national contest, many provinces are preparing to select their strongest candidates to attend the competition.

In Pov Sambath, director of the Tbong Khmum provincial education department, said that schools in the province are holding provincial-level contests to select outstanding candidates. The results will be announced on April 30, and the winners names will be registered with the ministry.

“We cannot guarantee that our outstanding students will beat the students from other provinces, but we will select our best representatives to take part in the national competition,” he said.

Pech Ratana, director of Oddar Meanchey provincial education department, said his department will organise an April 27 selection exam.

He said 54 secondary school and 27 high school students will sit exams on the three subjects. Three students from high schools and three from secondary schools will be selected to take part in the national contests.