More than 30 students at Hun Sen Ang Sdok High School and Bun Rany Hun Sen Dang Tong High School in Kampot province fainted on Wednesday, pushing the total number of school faintings to more than 10 in the past few months.
Angkor Chey district deputy police chief Keo Yon said that 17 female students fainted at the Hun Sen Ang Sdok High School on Wednesday.
Mr Yon said doctors determined that the students fainted due to weak health, a lack of sleep, malnutrition, and superstitious beliefs.
“Doctors have already checked and did not find any symptoms of poisoning,” he said. “It was due to poor health and some students heard a rumour about ghosts.”
According to Mr Yon, there have been 13 cases of school fainting since late last year, which included 119 students losing consciousness.
Dang Tong district deputy police chief Seng Vuthy said 14 students at the Bun Rany Hun Sen Dang Tong High School fainted on Wednesday and that doctors confirmed the cause as health problems.
“Some students have problems with their hearts and others have low blood sugar,” he said.
Mr Vuthy added that four students fainted earlier this week over the belief in ghosts.
“The students said that they saw black shadows at the door of the classroom when they were studying, which made them faint,” he said.
Also on Wednesday, six students fainted at Santepheap Secondary School in Pailin province. Poor health and freshly painted tables were blamed for the incident.
Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said some students may not be getting enough sleep prior to attending their classes.
“It may be because some students are lacking sleep because they are nervous over this year’s exam,” he said. “They need eight hours of sleep and adequate food.”
The Labour Ministry’s National Committee for Health and Work Safety earlier this month began an investigation into why garment workers were continuing to faint.
The number of garment workers who fainted in 2017 increased 38 percent if compared with 2016, with 22 factories hit by fainting incidents.