The Education Ministry yesterday said more students passed the national high school exam this year when compared to last year as it announced results ahead of schedule.
Originally, the results were to be announced on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the ministry earlier said its grading committee managed to finish its work sooner than expected.
A total of 117,043 candidates sat for the exam this year, while last year 115,268 students sat for the exam.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said that this year, 79,052 students, or 68.62 percent, received passing grades. The figure is an increase of about one percent when compared to last year’s 67.07 percent.
“There were 443 students who received an A, 2,430 received a B, 5,847 received a C, 14,100 received a D and 56,232 received an E,” the ministry said. A total of 37,991 students failed.
The ministry said that more students received As this year when compared to last year’s figure of 408.
It noted Phnom Penh produced the most grade A students with 141, followed by the provinces of Siem Reap with 38, Battambang with 32, Takeo with 29 and Kampong Cham with 27.
Reth Ratanaknita, a student at Preah Sisowath High School, yesterday said she was happy to hear she passed.
“I got a D. I am so happy, and I shed tears because of extreme happiness,” Ms Ratanaknita said, noting that she was hoping for a C, but was still happy to pass the exam. “I am so proud of myself because I did it without my family losing hope in me.”
“I will call my mom to tell her about my results,” she added.
Heng Visal, a Beltei International School student, yesterday said he dreamed about receiving a D.
“My expectations were not wrong – I am proud of myself for trying my best,” Mr Visal said. “I had been studying hard and now I have acceptable results.”
He added that he will attend university to study Information Technology.
Sun Ki, a parent from Kandal, yesterday said she was happy to learn that her son received a C on the exam.
“I am so happy. If I can’t afford to let him further his studies, it will be easy to find a job in our hometown because he passed the Bac II exam,” Ms Ki said. “If my son failed, I would not have blamed him. I would just tell him to retake the test. I would not allow him to abandon school.”
Ouk Chhayavy, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, yesterday said those who studied hard and received a passing grade deserve recognition.
“The results are coming from students who studied hard and paid attention to teachers during lessons,” Ms Chhayavy said.
However, she noted that students must study hard throughout all semesters, not just during their senior year.
“If they just study hard during Grade 12, then we can’t say that our education system is good yet,” Ms Chhayavy said.