Education Minister dismisses reports of 90 percent failures in 12th grade exams

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PHNOM PENH, August 16 (Khmer Times) – Minister of  Education  Dr. Hang Chuon Naron stressed that this year’s Grade 12 examinations were carried out in a stricter environment than previous years although it was not 100 percent perfect.
 
He also denied rumours that up to  90 percent of the 12th grade students who took the recent examinations may have failed.

“The results are due to be released at the end of the month and the test papers have not been completely checked, scores not yet tabulated, so do not speculate, the Minister said.
 
He said this when addressing and advising students who received European Union (EU) scholarship.
“We have to grant justice to hard working students. Knowledgeable students will truly succeed, but for those who are not successful have to try more,” he said.
 
Approximately  93,456 Cambodian high school students took the annual high school exit exams on 4-5 August with strict measures taken by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in collaboration with Anti-Corruption Unit as well as civil society organizations in order to curb cheating and bribery during the exams.
 
The minister said that  there will be a second round of  examinations for those students who may have  failed the  recent exams. The second examinations will be held in 15 days after the official result announcement on August 29 for Phnom Penh city and Kandal province, and on August 30 for other provinces.

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