High school exam kicks off in Cambodia after pandemic under control

Students take the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 27, 2021. A total of 114,183 Cambodian candidates took a national high school leaving exam on Monday after the COVID-19 pandemic 19 was brought under control. (Photo: Xinhua)


Students take the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 27, 2021. A total of 114,183 Cambodian candidates took a national high school leaving exam on Monday after the COVID-19 pandemic 19 was brought under control.  (Photo: Xinhua)

Students take the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 27, 2021. A total of 114,183 Cambodian candidates took a national high school leaving exam on Monday after the COVID-19 pandemic 19 was brought under control. (Photo: Xinhua)

Students line up to check their temperature before taking the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Xinhua)

Students line up to check their temperature before taking the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Xinhua)

Students have their temperature checked before taking the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 27, 2021. A total of 114,183 Cambodian candidates took a national high school leaving exam on Monday after that the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under control.  (Photo: Xinhua)

Students have their temperature checked before taking the high school leaving exam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 27, 2021. A total of 114,183 Cambodian candidates took a national high school leaving exam on Monday after that the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under control. (Photo: Xinhua)

A total of 114,183 Cambodian candidates are taking a national high school leaving exam on Monday after the COVID-19 pandemic situation was brought under control.

The annual exam is a prerequisite for 12th grade students to continue their studies at the university level.

For two days, the candidates will take the test in the subjects land and environment, geography, history, biology, foreign language, Khmer literature, mathematics, chemistry, physics and morals-civic education, according to a decree of the Ministry of National Education. . declaration.

Speaking to reporters while visiting an exam center at Preah Sisowath High School in the capital Phnom Penh, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said there were 204 exam centers with 4,616 rooms in the whole Southeast Asian country.

“All educators and exam takers are required to strictly follow health and safety measures, including wearing face masks, washing hands, temperature screening and maintaining physical distancing, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

The minister said two students, who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from Kazakhstan, where they competed in the 2021 Senior Asian Karate Championships, were also allowed to take their exam in a COVID-19 treatment center in the capital.

Last year, due to the pandemic, the government allowed all 12th graders to pass their exit exam automatically without showing up.

Naron said the review came this year after the kingdom achieved high vaccination rates against COVID-19 as well as a significant drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent months.

Cambodia has so far administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 14.24 million people, or 89 percent of its 16 million population, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Among them, 13.62 million, or 85.1 percent, are fully vaccinated with two mandatory injections, and 3.39 million, or 21.2 percent, received a booster shot, the health ministry added.

Most of the vaccines used in the country’s inoculation campaign are the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm.


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