Students Worry About the National Examination Amid School Closures and Online Teaching

Weeks before the national high school examinations, students would have likely been poring over their textbooks, revising lessons, and meeting with teachers and classmates to prepare for the important test ahead.

That is not the case this year because students are still unaware of when these examinations will be held, which are usually conducted in late July or early August. As the number of novel coronavirus cases increased in Cambodia, the Education Ministry decided to close schools indefinitely on March 14, to prevent the spread of the virus, which has so far resulted in 141 positive cases and zero deaths.

VOA Khmer spoke to students that are nonetheless moving ahead with their preparations for the annual test. They are busy flicking between Telegram groups and Zoom calls, discussing their notes with friends and attempting to understand the syllabus.

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