After going through a rigorous selection process, three Cambodia high school students have been successfully awarded the Asean Scholarship from the Singaporean government to pursue their high school education in the island city-state.
Michael Tan Keng Sion, Singaporean Ambassador to Cambodia, said at the award ceremony last week that “the [Asean Scholarship] comes with very stringent requirements, the selected three high school students are chosen among the top and best performers.” The ambassador continued that “this scholarship is key achievement to unlock the door of opportunities and during the journey, the road will be challenging, thus, the awardees will need to study hard to complete their education”.
According to H.E. Yuok Ngoy, Secretary of State of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), the Academic standards at Singapore’s high schools are very high, therefore, the awardees have to be well prepared and bring the best of your study, he told the ceremony audience.
“To the three selected students to yield the most of your studies, bring up knowledge, know-how, experiences, and both hard and soft skills so that you can contribute to future development of our nation.”
Scholarship recipient Oeng Kokkheang, from Preah Monivong High School, will spend four years in Singapore completing high school. He addressed that aside from excellent academic performance, volunteering and leadership qualities are among the vital factors that helped him get the most coveted educational opportunity.
“It is important to have a good academic performance because it will help you prove your ability. However, volunteering and co-curricular activities are also among other attributions that help you through the assessment process”
He continued that “if opportunity is given, at least you have to graph it and give it a try no matter the obstacle. I failed so many competitions before but as long as you stick to your dream and chase it tirelessly, you will get it one day.”
Fellow recipient Bin Sodina, from O’Ambel High School, Banteay Meanchey Province, said that the secret to his success is ‘complete preparedness’.
“Because you have to compete with many outstanding students and the exam formats are conducted in English, I heavily reviewed lessons in Mathematics and English, and read various kinds of books to boost my knowledge.”
“I was so honored to be accepted, and I know the journey ahead will be challenging because I will compete among the many outstanding students there and cope with the new educational system but I will yield the fruit that this opportunity has given me.”