Top students win academic accolades

By Phaisythong Chandara
April 29, 2011

Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun presents prizes to top primary school pupils.

The Ministry of Education yesterday hosted a ceremony in Vientiane to honour children who took the top three places in the National Best Student Exams for primary school children and the National Secondary Gifted Students Contest (Grades 4 and 7).

The ministry noted that most of the prize winners came from schools in the provinces.

Two students from the Gifted School in Luang Prabang province, one from Savannakhet province and another from the National University of Laos’ Gifted School in Vientiane won the first National Secondary Gifted Students Contest (Grade 7).

Mr Daoher, from Luang Prabang province, finished first in mathematics, and Mr Cheu Thor (also from Luang Prabang) finished first in physics. Mr Chia Sialybouaxong from Vientiane won the chemistry prize and Ms Souphaphone Somphaengboupha from Savannakhet province won the literature prize.

Grade 4 results are as follows: Ms Lathsamy Lattavong (Vientiane) won the literature prize and Mr Saengsavang Amphaivong (Vientiane) finished first in maths. Ms Pathounlat Xayduangta (Xayaboury province) won the physics prize, and Mr Somphet Tou (Luang Prabang province) finished first in chemistry.

At the primary school level, Ms Mina Lattana (Luang Prabang province) finished first in literature, Ms Aksone Vongxay (Oudomxay province) finished first in maths, and Ms Phonsavanh Keovilay (Vientiane) won the general knowledge prize.

Mr Chia told the media he never thought he would get the chemistry prize and he found the questions to be difficult.

“This is not only a success for me, but for my family and teachers,” he said.

Another top student, Ms Souphaphone, said she had given herself a 50 percent chance on the exam and was delighted on hearing the results.

“I am very happy and proud of my progress; hopefully this will mean I can some day study at the National University of Laos,” she said with a smile.

Students who finished first, second and third received prizes and certificates of merit from the ministry.

Those who finished first and had the highest score received provisional admittance to the National University of Laos.

Director General of the ministry’s Secondary Education Department, Mr Ly Foung, said the exams serve to improve learning and teaching.

He encouraged all those who did not win to pay closer attention and use the experience to better themselves.

To achieve the education ministry’s goals education departments around the country must strengthen their learning and teaching standards. Mr Ly advised them to hold special classes for talented students.

The awards ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Education Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun and other guests.


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