Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Students get exam results

Students get exam results

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A student is searched for contraband by officials before entering a national exam in 2014. Pha Lina

Students get exam results

As many as 75,059 students or 66.21 per cent passed this year’s high school examinations. The figure is 2.37 per cent higher than last year, a Ministry of Education announcement said on Sunday.

The ministry said this year, the number students who received either an A, B or C grade decreased. This, it said, was due to higher test standards which encouraged students to study harder.

“The reason that the number of students who got an A, B, or C was lower is that the ministry raised the standard of the examination to improve the quality of education and encourage candidates to study harder,” it said.

This year 290 students in the Kingdom received an A, as compared to 424 last year.

Just over 1,500 students this year got a B, down by nearly 1,000 from last year, while 4,632 students earned a C this year.

The ministry also confirmed that 17 candidates failed the examination automatically due to rule violations.

Meas Chamroeun, a math teacher at Jayavarman VII high school, who also graded the examination, said if the ministry continued to restrict the grading system, the percentage of students who earn A, B or C grades would remain the same.

“In some subjects, teachers give easy grades. It is not accurate,” he said.

A breakdown of the provinces where students got the top marks this year showed that 135 came from Phnom Penh, 21 from Siem Reap, 16 from Kandal, 16 from Takeo, 15 from Battambang, 13 from Kampong Cham, and 11 from Kampot.

There were also nine each from Tbong Khmum, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang and Banteay Meanchey, eight from Prey Veng, six from Kratie, four from Pursat, three each from Svay Rieng, Kampong Speu and Preah Sihanouk and one from Ratanakkiri.

‘I will pass next year’

Particularly notable was Peng Kimheng, a student from Beltei International University, who got perfect scores in every subject. He plans to study science in the future.

However, Yoeun Ratana, another Phnom Penh student was disappointed to discover that he failed this year’s exams.

“I will continue to study and will pass the exam next year,” he said in tears.

Ly Kim Laing, a student from the capital’s Chamkarmon district, who passed with a C, said she expected this kind of result before taking the examination.

“I believe the results because I tried my best. I thought earlier that I would pass with a B or C. Now, I passed with only a C,” said Kim Laing.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • Residents ordered to remove structures on Phnom Penh’s canal

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng has ordered authorities to act against the perpetrators who built houses along the Luo 5 canal in Meanchey district. The municipal administration plans to create a committee to solve the matter. The order was given on Wednesday while Sreng led

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Government set to make up for cancelled April holiday

    The government is set to make up for a five-day Khmer New Year holiday late this month or early next month. The holiday was earlier cancelled due to the onset of Covid-19. The announcement is expected on Friday as the government is studying a range

  • Families told to register for cash handouts

    The government has called on poor families to apply to commune authorities for evaluation to receive financial support during the Covid-19 crisis. A $300 million budget has been planned for implementation within a year. Ministry of Economy and Finance secretary of state Vongsey Visoth said this

  • Crumbling prices, rent ruffle condo segment

    The prolonged decline in international arrivals to Cambodia intensified by renewed Covid-19 fears has driven down condominium sales prices and rental rates in Phnom Penh, a research report said. CBRE Cambodia, the local affiliate of US commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group

  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures