Taliban: University entrance exams to be given in two days

KABUL (Khaama Press): This year’s Kankor, university entrance exam in Afghanistan, will be held starting from October 6 (the 14th of Mizan), authorities from the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education said.
According to the announcement made on Tuesday, October 4, students from 33 provinces across the country will take the Kankor exam simultaneously, two days after the announcement date.
However, the students from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan are set to take the exam on the 13th of October (Mizan 21).
The entrance exam in Afghanistan was held in late August last year instead of at the end of the winter season as in previous years because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Kankor exam will be more transparent than in the past, according to the Taliban government’s spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, who also said that there will not be any obstacle for anyone to take the exam.
The Taliban rule in Afghanistan, on the other hand, has precluded girls above the sixth grade from attending school since the group’s installation of power.
However, for a variety of reasons, both male and female students who are currently enrolled in universities lack the zeal for learning and motivation to continue their studies.
The majority of students no longer feel motivated to continue their studies, according to a survey done by the Salam Afghanistan network this year.
The survey which included 275 students, both male, and female, from different private and public universities in Kabul, Heart, Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Balkh provinces, found that about 73% of the students are no longer motivated to further continue their studies.
The diminishing motivation has not only affected students but also professors as 63% of the included professors stated that they lack the motivation for conducting research and preparing lecture materials.
Since no girl graduated from high school this year, disqualifying them from taking the exam, the answer to the original question—whether girls can take the entrance exam and enroll in universities—remains unclear.