The Labour Ministry yesterday encouraged students who failed the national exam to apply for scholarships in order to take part in vocational training for their future.
In a statement, the ministry said that this year scholarships are offered for students to attend nearly 14,000 training places throughout the country where 64 types of technical training are on offer for a variety of subjects.
“We have 13,787 vocational training places this academic year for all students,” the ministry said. “The training provided will help meet the demands of the labour market.”
Labour Minister Ith Samheng said in the statement that scholarships are offered in the field of electronics repair, construction and engineering.
Mr Samheng said that students who failed the national exam should not be discouraged.
“Students who failed the exam this year could still register for scholarships for technical and vocational training at institutions throughout the country,” he said. “There are various fields, don’t feel down.”
The Education Ministry last week said that a total of 67 percent of students who sat for the 2018 national exam passed.
“There are 408 A-students, 2,222 B-students, 6,041 C-students, 15,180 D-students and 52,183 E-students,” the ministry said.
Prak Rathanak, a student who sat for the national exam in 2016, said on Monday that he is now learning valuable skills as an electrician.
“After I failed the national exam, I chose to pursue professional skills instead of feeling down about my results because I knew I still had options,” Mr Rathanak said. “I am about to graduate soon and after that, I will still be able to receive a salary because I never give up.”
Last month, the Education Ministry said that it is collaborating with Unesco to carry out programmes for students in Cambodia.
“This pilot project is aimed at helping young students who dropped out of school to become valuable members of society,” the ministry said at the time.
Last year, the Labour Ministry provided 11,003 scholarships for students to develop their skills after graduating high school.