PHNOM PENH, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports said Sunday that 75,059, or 66.21 percent, of the total 113,365 candidates passed their annual high school graduation exam.
The ministry said in a press release that "290 applicants graduated with Grade A, 1,532 others earned Grade B, and the remainder passed with Grade C, D and E."
The students took the exam on Aug. 20 and 21 in the subjects of geography, history, biology, foreign language, Khmer literature, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and moral-civic education.
The passing rate in this year's exam was higher than a 63.84 percent passing rate in the last year's test.
High school exam is a prerequisite for students to pursue their studies at university levels.
The southeast Asian country strengthened high school quality since 2014 through cleaning up cheat and bribery during the Grade 12 high school exam.