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State universities will enroll Grade 12 students with entry exams

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The University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Universities are ready to welcome applications from Grade 12 students, with some faculties requiring an entrance exam, after they all passed automatically.

Rector of Royal University of Phnom Penh Chet Chealy said on Wednesday that after the Ministry of Education announced all Grade 12 students will pass, the university is waiting for the ministry to issue them temporary certificates so they can enroll.

He said that for scholarship programmes, his university is waiting for a decision from the ministry. He said that some faculties will limit the number of students allowed to enroll and some will have to take an entrance exam.

“For the International Foreign Languages (IFL) faculty, between 4,000 and 5,000 students have applied but the school only has space for between 400 and 500 students, so it must conduct an entrance exam. This year, the entrance exams will be held online exam due to COVID-19,” he said.

Rector of the National University of Management Hor Peng also said yesterday that his university has started to take applications for Grade 12 students to enroll and some faculties will also require students to take an entrance exam.

“We do not yet know about the scholarship programme or whether each university is prepared to provide scholarships to students,” he said.

Sopheal Meanserey, a Grade 12 student, said that he is interested in studying mechanics, but he wants to try to take an entrance exam to get scholarship.

“I want to win scholarship to university,” he said.

The University of Health Sciences announced yesterday that it will take applications from medical students between January 5 and 22 with an entry exam being held in early February.

Luy Lika, another Grade 12 student, said that every year medical universities recruit Grade 12 students with grades A and B. However, this year no one has a grade.

“So, all medical students must take an entrance exam. I would like to study medicine. I want to take an entry exam to get a place in university,” she said.

Sok Lyhor, a Grade 12 student said that she wants to study Business Management and she is ready to take her entrance exam to hopefully get a scholarship.

Schools are still closed since the “November 28 community incident” and will continue to be until further notice.

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said yesterday, the ministry will issue further information for Grade 12 students soon.

On December 15, Prime Minister Hun Sen asked the Minister of Education to allow all Grade 12 and 9 students in the 2019-2020 academic year to pass their exam automatically without sitting it due to the pandemic. The Ministry of Education released a statement saying that all Grade 9 and Grade 12 students registered for the exams have passed automatically and that no scores will be graded.

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