The number of students scoring A grades across all subjects in national school examinations rose this year, while the percentage of students passing was also up.
This year, 424 students got an A, compared with 405 students last year, the Education Ministry said as it released nationwide results yesterday.
Ban Chan Vathanaka of Preah Sisowath High School was surprised to pass with an A grade.
“I never thought that I could pass the exam with a grade A like this,” she said.
“I thought that I would just pass the exam normally, with a C or D.
“However, before the exam, I worked so hard. Now I want to study graphic design.”
The ministry said 63.84 percent of students passed, compared with 62.18 percent last year.
Twenty-eight students automatically failed this year due to cheating.
“The process of examinations, correcting the exam worksheets and collecting the scores by computer took place successfully without any significant incidents,” the ministry said. The remaining students who passed the test fell into the following grades: 2,564 students got a B, 5,000 got a C, and 9,123 got a D, while 46,657 received an E grade.
For the students who passed with an A grade, Phnom Penh led the way with 194, followed by Siem Reap province with 47 and Kandal province with 26.
Prime Minister Hun Sen will meet students who passed with an A grade at the Peace Palace.
The 28 students who failed automatically made the following mistakes: asking someone else to take the exam for them, changing their seat number, copying answers from other students, using mobile phones, cheat sheets or calculators.
The ministry also said yesterday that 28 education officials were reprimanded, including 24 for irregularities during the exam and four for irregularities in the marking process.
The officials have received disciplinary action, including some being taken off the seniority promotion list for two years, suspensions from exam committees for one year and suspensions from participating in the exam process.