Let Kankor body work independently: students
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of unsuccessful Entry Test candidates on Wednesday rallied in Kabul, asking the government to ensure that a committee on the examination worked independently and students in provinces are granted equal seats in public sector universities.
Organised by the student wing of Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal-led Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan, nearly 200 failing students protested in front of the Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul before staring their march towards the Parliament building.
The students chanted they wanted justice because the authorities were playing with their future. "We want equal access to higher studies," they shouted.
"The aim of our protest is to ask the education authorities about the rights of students who were deprived of that during the Kankor exam," student leader Saifuddin Amerkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He alleged most of participants failed to qualify the test because they had been denied justice in markup. He said corrupt individuals should be identified and brought to justice.
Mohammad Hassan Ajmal, who graduated from the Rahman Baba High School, said he obtained 274 marks in the test, but was declared unsuccessful.
However, he said he was offered admission to education faculty, but his desire was to study economics or computer sciences.
The protesters issued a five-article resolution, calling for a review of the test results and summoning and disqualifying high education minister.
It also called for violators of the Kankor committee's rules to be introduced to the prosecutor's office. The studets sought equal seats in public sector universities for students in provinces. The resolution said the Kankor committee should be allowed to work as an independent entity.
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