Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Number of complaints over exam results grows to 500



Number of complaints over exam results grows to 500

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Students file complaints with the Ministry of Education earlier this week over the results of their high school exams. Heng Chivoan

Number of complaints over exam results grows to 500

As of Wednesday, at least 500 high school students from Phnom Penh and other provinces have filed complaints regarding their examination grades, asking the Ministry of Education to review their tests.

A ministry spokesperson said the office would seek a solution to the matter.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Dy Khamboly said a committee had been established to address the dissatisfaction of some students.

“As of 3pm on Wednesday, the ministry has received about 500 complaints from exam candidates across the country,” Khamboly said, adding that an inquiry would begin and start delivering results within a week.

Starting Monday, a group of students gathered to protest in front of the Ministry of Education.

Failing favourite subject

Vong Saravuth, a grade 12 student from the capital’s Sovannaphum High School, said he lodged a complaint because he was not convinced that he had actually failed the mathematics test, given that it was his favourite subject.

“When I first saw the results which indicated I failed mathematics, I thought maybe I made mistakes during the examination, but after I checked with the scoring guide posted by the Ministry of Education, the result is not acceptable to me,” he said.

Saravuth said that he frequently received top scores in mathematics.

“Regarding scholarships in the country, some have already started to be offered. As for overseas ones, I applied to Japan. It will impact my application before reaching the interview phase on September 18. If I fail in mathematics, I might lose this scholarship,” Saravuth said.

He asked the ministry to review his exam result and provide a solution as soon as possible.

“Every year, I hear that the ministry does not listen to complaints. However, this year the ministry will probably work more than normal because the mistakes occurred in a lot of places,” he said.

Chan Phanara, a student from Ang Snoul High School in Kandal province, said he filed a complaint on Monday and is waiting for a solution as he found the result unacceptable.

He said he failed in mathematics while getting either a B or C in other subjects.

“I failed in mathematics which is unacceptable. I got Bs and Cs in other subjects. However, I failed in mathematics which makes my total grade an E,” Phanara said, claiming he spent four to five hours each day studying.

Tha Bunsin, from the capital’s Sisowath High School, said he complained because he disagreed with the result after he failed his favourite subjects which are mathematics and chemistry.

“The ones who sat next to me failed five subjects, but our results are similar,” he said.

He also said he got an E in the English test even though he was expecting an A or B.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants