More than 10 students at Bak Chenhchean senior high school in Pursat province’s Phnom Kravanh district fainted yesterday.
Major Tann Kearith, district police chief, said the students fainted at about 9am and were sent to the provincial referral hospital following the incident.
“After being informed from teachers about the incident, we went immediately,” he said.
Maj Kearith added most of the students who fainted were girls.
“We will ask their parents about the students’ lifestyle, including eating, studying and sleeping,” Maj Kearith said. “All of them were still being treated by doctors and they are now recovering.”
The school’s director, Sum Pharith, said a total of 13 students from two different 11th grade classes fainted without reason, while they were sitting together inside their classrooms.
“A few students fainted first, frightening and causing other students to also faint,” Mr Pharith said, adding that the reasons for the incident are not yet confirmed.
“We don’t know the main reason yet,” he said. “But I think the fainting could be caused by over-studying and lack of food.”
He recalled that in early November, a number of his students also fainted due to over-working and possible malnutrition. Among the 13 who fainted yesterday, eight of them also fainted in November.
“I am so worried about their health. Most of them are outstanding students at my school,” Mr Pharith said.
In late December, about 30 students from a senior high school in Ratanakkiri province also fainted and health officials said their classes may have lacked proper ventilation.