News - Afghanistan
The Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) said the top scorers in Afghanistan's universities entrance exam (Kankor) will be given foreign scholarships as 10,000 school graduates in Kabul sat the test on Sunday.
A total 50,000 graduates are expected to sit the exam in Kabul on one of five exam days available, and up to 190,000 students will do the test countrywide, MoHE Minister Obaidullah Obaid said in an interview with TOLOnews.
"More than 50,000 school graduates [in Kabul] will participate with around 40 percent of them female graduates," Obaid said.
"Those who get high marks in the Kankor exam will be given foreign scholarships," he added.
However, only 80,000 of them are likely to receive an offer in one of the country's higher education institutes or technical colleges – a limitation stemming from the capacity of tertiary institutes in Afghanistan, not the capacity of students.
Afghanistan's higher education services have been oft-criticised because of the limited number of places available compared to the number of students sitting the test.