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2,060 Kandahar students sit entry text exam

2,060 Kandahar students sit entry text exam

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Jan 26, 2016 - 20:35

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Though 4,000 students graduated from high schools last academic year in southern Kandahar province, only 2060 of them sat the university entrance test on Tuesday, officials said.

Of 2140 registered students for the university entry test, 80 were absent from Tuesday’s exam conducted on the Kandahar university campus, the university’s vice-chancellor, Tawab Bala Karzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The participants included 230 girls.

Kandahar educationinfo-icon director Abdul Qadir Paiwastoon said he was shocked over the participation of only 2060 students in the examination out of 4000 students who completed 12-grade in the past year.

He said his department had opened 13 entry test preparation centres and campaigned through media and elders to encourage more students to appear in the entrance exam, but nearly half of the 12-grade graduates sat the exam due to a lack of interest.

Deputy Governor Abdul Ali Shamsi said the youth were being encouraged to pursue higher studies and some measures were taken this year to ensure the entry test was transparent.

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