Students fail in entry test due to technical problems
KABUL (PAN): A large number of high school graduates could not pass an entrance test for admissions into universities last year due to some technical problems, a senior education official told lower house of the Parliament on Saturday.
The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday summoned the deputy higher education minister, Mohammad Osman Babury, to brief lawmakers about reasons behind failure of a large number of students in last year's entry test.
About 120,872 students took the exam, but only 75,589 of them were able to qualify it. "Most of students did not mention faculties, with some selected only one faculty," Babury said.
Some students who had chosen engineering and medical faculties of Kabul University could not secure 300 numbers required for admission in these faculties, the minister explained.
He also confirmed that 22 questions of the test had problems, and the issue was discussed with officials concerned to determine scores for those questions.
He said the ministry had the capacity to grant admissions to 43,000 students in the country's universities and about 41,000 had been granted the admission.
In Saturday's session, MP Abdul Habib Andiwal, from southern Zabul province, accused education ministry officials of unfairness toward provinces in giving scholarships to students for studying abroad.
But the deputy minister spurned the allegation, saying scholarships were distributed on zonal level and all students were equally given the chance to participate in the test.
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