The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has celebrated 60 exceptional students for their stellar performance in Khmer literature, mathematics and physics. The honourable winners emerged from nationwide competitions held across grades 9 and 12, reflecting an inspirational commitment to education across a range of subjects.

As per the official directive from education minister Hang Chuon Naron, the celebrated students have been recognised and awarded for their academic prowess. The top achievers, including the winner, first and second runners-up, received medals, commendation letters and cash prizes commensurate with their grades.

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha noted on June 18 that of the 480 students who participated in the examinations, 60 emerged victorious. Equally distributed between grades 9 and 12, the winners proved their mettle in Khmer literature, mathematics and physics.

“I urge all students to persist in their studies to unlock their full potential. The exam result is not the end of learning; rather, it’s a stepping stone towards lifelong education. In the process, maintaining one’s health and safety is vital,” he said.

“Your high commitment to education before and during Covid-19 embodies our national unity and continuous efforts to enhance Cambodia’s education quality,” he added.

Phnom Penh municipal education department director Hem Sinareth remarked that the successful students had displayed significant knowledge and growth. Although unsure of the exact number of passing students, he confirmed an increasing trend.

“In preparation for next year’s examination, we plan to motivate our teachers to intensify their efforts in student training,” he said.

The ministry confirmed cash prizes ranging from 800,000 to 3.5 million riel ($200 to $850) for the top 10 winners. The outstanding achievers hailed from diverse regions, including Phnom Penh and the provinces of Prey Veng, Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng, Kampong Chhnang, Takeo, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Kampot, Kandal, Siem Reap, Kratie and Pursat.

At the ceremony’s conclusion, Naron praised the winners, saying: “Knowledge alone is not enough. We need well-rounded individuals with moral civic education, fitness and good ethics to become examples of excellent citizens. Today’s winners will be Cambodia’s intellectual future as our country needs crucial human resources for growth”.

The ministry thanked all examination committees, Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou, relevant units, teachers, parents and donors for contributing to human resource development in Cambodia.

The comprehensive process of the outstanding student examination spanned eight days, with written exams lasting three days and grading taking another three days. The opening and closing ceremonies added an extra two days to the event. In April, the ministry advised education departments in the capital and provinces to conduct the outstanding student exam for three subjects representing their capital and provinces.