Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron yesterday advised Grade 12 students who fail the national exam to study vocational skills instead of ending their education.
Speaking at the launching of a pilot project “Basic Education Equivalency Program” in Phnom Penh, he said that students who failed the upcoming national examination could choose to study life skills to aid the country’s development.
“Students who acquire the skills can open their own businesses or even take up related courses at universities,” he said. “We want to see more programmes that offer opportunities to those who fail the examination.”
Mr Chuon Naron noted that so far, the ministry has bridging programmes, such as life skills training, and informal education for people to continue their studies.
The Education Ministry, in collaboration with Unesco, started BEEP, which is carries out programmes for students in Cambodia, a ministry statement said yesterday.
“This pilot project is aimed at helping young students who dropout to become valuable resources to contribute to the development of Cambodian society,” it said.
Chan Nimol, a former Grade 12 student in Kandal province, said she was forced to abandon her studies after she failed the national exam in 2015. She is now a tailor.
“After I failed the exam, I didn’t know what to as I could not retake the examination,” she said. “I decided to study life skills to be a tailor.”
“I started doing my own business at home,” she added.
In 2017, out of 103,112 students who took the examination, 63.84 percent passed and only 28 students automatically failed due to cheating.
In 2018, 117, 061 students will sit for the national Grade 12 exam from August 20 to 21 and about 4,500 invigilators will be deployed to prevent cheating.