Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to all universities, institutes and donors to grant scholarships to students who scored top grades on the national exam and do not have the resources to pay high tuition fees.
Mr Hun Sen made the appeal during a meeting with Grade A students at the Peace Palace, where he donated gifts to them, including iPads and cash.
“I appeal to all universities, institutes and donors, please help provide scholarships for Grade A students, which is about 100 students,” he said, referring to top-grade students who cannot afford tuition. “I think we can do it.”
“Grandchildren [students], you have freedom to select your major and university,” he added.
Mr Hun Sen said that donors from each province can give further support to students who are from their provinces in order to help them reach their full potential.
This year, 424 students scored an A on the exam, up from 405 students last year. For 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.
Dy Sokhavatey, one of the Grade A students, said she was delighted to meet Mr Hun Sen and noted that she has already earned a scholarship to a private university in Phnom Penh to major in international relations.
“Receiving this scholarship will help to reduce the expenditure of my parents,” Ms Sokhavatey said. “It will help a lot.”
Education Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly said the ministry will coordinate with academic institutes to push for the scholarships.
“Following the recommendation of Samdech this morning, we will try to extend scholarships,” he said.