The National Examination Authority released the results of the Kankor national university entrance exams for 2022 during a press conference on Saturday, November 5.
According to the announcement of the National Examination Authority, a student from Herat province in northwestern Afghanistan, Suleiman, has topped the Kankor 2022 exam by obtaining a score of 355.42.
Suleiman attended Sultan Ghiasuddin Ghori high school in Herat province, which has the honor of having educated the country’s top Kankor exam student for 2022.
With 355.32 points, Mohammad Shabeer of Kabul, the Afghan capital, is the first runner-up, and Hedayat of Herat province is the second runner-up with 354.09 points.
Mohammad Zia from the Ghazni province scored 353.93 points, Mohammad Aziz obtained 353.72 points, and Mansoor Bek from Kabul received 353.49 points, winning them the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions, respectively, according to the National Examinations Authority’s announcement.
Abdul Qadir Khamosh, head of the National Examinations Authority, stated at the event to announce the exam results that the students who obtained high scores but failed to get a seat in their chosen areas will be introduced to alternate fields that have available slots.
This year’s number of candidates for the Kankor exam was not as high as in previous years. The closure of girls’ schools, political shifts, and poverty are the leading causes of the fall in student participation in the university entrance exam.
Since assuming control in Afghanistan, the Taliban have closed schools for girls past the sixth grade, thereby closing the doors to education for girls. Despite pressure from the international community, the group remained steadfast in its decision, and the schools for girls remain closed.
If girls’ schools are closed for the foreseeable future, no girl will graduate from high school and be eligible to sit for the Kankor entrance exam.
The Taliban have limited the options available to the Kankor girls for their course of study in addition to other restrictions against women and girls. Agriculture, veterinary, oil and gas, mining exploration, and mining geology are no longer options for girls.
This comes as prior to the Taliban when girls could go to school, the Kankor exam was topped by girls for two consecutive years.