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Equal education opportunities a must

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In modern age, the world seeks to consider the role of education, particularly higher education, in national development and educational progress. The paramount role of higher education in a country’s development is inevitable. Taking the status quo into account, it must be pointed out that universities are one of the highly significant resources in human societies. Resolving issues and determining macro strategies at national level are done by universities and the knowledgeable in both developed and developing countries. In the countries where higher education is taught in new methods, progress will take place more swiftly. 
In a statement released the other day, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that equal provision of educational services throughout the country was government top priority and pledged that students who failed to make it to the state-run universities in Kankor exams would be provided with work and educational opportunities.
The president expressed the view as his message after the results of the Kankor exams were unveiled. The president asked the students to get maximum advantage of the opportunities for their higher education.
The results of Kankor exam was announced two days back. According to the Ministry of Higher Education 180,000 students registered for the exam and 170,000, including 70,000 girls managed to appear in the exam.
The real challenge for the Afghan government is to deal with greater challenges faced by Afghanistan’s higher education and development of the country’s human resources. Each year, a large number of people seeking to get into state universities but failed and those who pass the exam have a long way to get higher education and find jobs after graduation. The post-Kankor is becoming a new experience whether good or worse for many of the aspiring students. The post-Kankor era matters for either those who have succeeded or the ones who have failed. The post-Kankor problems are important and deserve reflection. 
The government of Afghanistan has taken relatively bold steps to bring reforms to the country’s higher education system. The plan, however, has met fierce opposition of the existing cadres. The government needs to remain steadfast in tackling the low-quality higher education and in particular bring reforms to the government universities. 
Development of the educational system would be an integral part of the overall development objective. The ministry of higher education should not only focus on how to administer the Kankor exam. The educational agencies including the ministries of education and higher education need to develop more extensive and broader vocational training for those who fail to get university education.
Vocational training is an alternative for formal higher education all over the world. Besides the higher education, Afghanistan needs to have a well-developed vocational institution aimed at providing job trainings for those who are not willing to go further for higher education or fail to get university education. Meanwhile the ministry of higher education should spare no effort to provide an equal education opportunities for everyone across the country.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.