The Education Ministry yesterday received hundreds of complaints filed by students who were dissatisfied with their results in the 2018 national exam.
In a statement, the ministry said that in response to the complaints, a committee comprised of ministry officials has been set up to address the situation.
“We have created a committee to address the issues students have brought up regarding their national exam results,” the statement said. “So far, the ministry has looked into numerous issues reported by the students and their parents.”
Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly said yesterday that the committee is expected to produce a report on its findings next week.
“After the meeting this morning, which was organised by Minister Hang Chuon Naron, the ministry has decided to release a report by the committee tasked with addressing the issue next week,” Mr Kamboly said. “So far, the ministry has received more than 500 student complaints.”
He said that some students believe the ministry’s system had a technical error that affected their final results. They are also concerned about changes to university enrolment. Many have complaints over their marks on the mathematics section of the exam.
“The ministry won’t change the rules of university enrolment,” Mr Kamboly said. “We also didn’t insert errors and there were no problems with our database.”
Chhay Ly An, a high school student from Kampot province who did not accept his exam results, said yesterday that the ministry must provide a solution.
“I can’t accept my result because I know I did great on my exam,” Mr Ly An said. “Now I’m worried that I can’t get a scholarship abroad because the ministry said I failed math.”
Som Sovann, another student who filed a complaint, said yesterday that he travelled from Takeo province to hear from the ministry.
“I drove all the way from my hometown to Phnom Penh this morning because I hope that the ministry will re-evaluate my exam papers,” Mr Sovann said. “I’m outstanding in math, I don’t believe that I failed.”
“I’m not the only one who doesn’t believe I failed,” he added. “My family, friends and even my teacher couldn’t believe it.”
On Sunday, the ministry said that the number of students who passed the national exam with an A has decreased from 424 in 2017 to 290 this year, but the number of students who passed the exam rose from 63 percent to 66.