Shamsia from Kabul has scored the highest (353.185) in this year's national university entrance exam, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) announced on Thursday.
Shamsia has been accepted at the Kabul Medical University.
Of the top 10 students who scored the highest, six are from Kabul province.
Speaking to participants, the nominee and acting minister of the MoHE, Abbas Basir said: “We still do not have the capacity to enroll more than 10 percent of the candidates in the higher education sector in Afghanistan, which is very limited compared to the rest of the world.”
He also said that enrolling the younger generation into universities “is still a challenge” and “there is a need for investment” so that more students may enroll.
He believes that the quality of the education needs to improve, and he promised that “improving the quality of higher education will be the central focus of the MoHE in upcoming years.”
Basir was nominated as education minister and began serving as the acting minister of the MoHE in early September.
The top ten:
Shamsia from Kabul with 353.185 -- Kabul Medical University
Nematullah son of Mahfuzullah from Kabul with 353.133 -- Kabul Medical University
Mohammad Mujtaba son of Khadim Hussain from Kabul with 350.061 -- Kabul Medical University
Toryalai son of Syed Karim from Badakhshan with 349.867 -- Kabul Medical University
Ahmad Fawad son of Abdul Rahim from Kabul 349.735– engineering faculty at Kabul University
Zainulabudin son of Badar from Ghor with 348.571 – medical faculty of Herat University
Ahmad Wasiq son of Ahmad Qasim from Kabul with 348.336 -- Kabul Medical University
Nasiha daughter of Rahimdad from Kabul with 348.301 -- Kabul Medical University
Wasiq son of Khair Mohammad from Ghor with 348.104 -- computer science faculty of Kabul University
Fazl Ahmad son of Gul Aqa from Herat with 348.16 -- medical faculty of Herat University