93 Grade 12 CCF students have passed Cambodia's National Exam, considered the most significant test for Cambodian students and a crucial factor for admission into universities and colleges in the country.
CCF's Neeson Cripps Academy (NCA) achieved a remarkable pass rate of 92%, surpassing the national average pass rate of 72.8%.
Students from CCF's Toul Ampil school, the first cohort from the school to take the National Exam, scored a 69% pass rate - a fantastic result.
One of our students earned a perfect A grade. Sokchea, one of our outstanding STEM girls, is now seeking scholarship opportunities.
To pursue higher education, students are required to pass the National Exam, which assesses their knowledge in English, science, mathematics, and other subjects.
For students in the Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF), who all come from disadvantaged backgrounds, being able to attend university or vocational college is a life-changing opportunity.
Students passing the National Exam will be offered support from CCF to pursue higher studies based on criteria such as school attendance and community hours worked.
Currently, 163 CCF CCF students are pursuing higher education. Among them, 116 are girls, which is a great outcome of our investment in providing girls with equal opportunities for education.
The high-quality education offered at our NCA high school enables students to achieve the standard needed to apply for international scholarships directly from Grade 12.
CCF students are now studying on scholarships around the world, including Australia, Belgium, and, shortly, the U.S.
Srey Pov, a 17-year-old student at the NCA, has recently passed the National Exam and is now applying to universities in Cambodia. Srey Pov joined CCF in 2011 and lives with her mother, as her father passed away when she was in Grade 6.
"I am very happy and proud of myself," says Srey Pov.
“I have been preparing for the Grade 12 National Exam for nine months. There are a lot of obstacles and challenges I have faced, but I never give up.
“In the future, I want to be a diplomat. This is another one of my big dreams. I will choose an International Relations major to study at the university. I hope I can fulfill my dream career. “
Investing in her education will change not just Saren’s life but, hopefully, her mum’s and her future children, ending the generational cycle of deprivation forever.