Date : 18 August 2021
Location : United Kingdom

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has assured Afghani recipients of the Chevening Scholarship that they can continue with the programmes in UK universities.

This comes as a relief to them as, earlier this month, the Foreign Office, busy evacuating the UK embassy in Kabul, had said it had decided to pause the Chevening programme in Afghanistan for 2021-2022.

It said the embassy was unable to “administer the parts of the programme that must be done in Kabul in time for candidates to begin their courses this year” due to the prevailing circumstances.

The decision caused extreme dismay to Afghan Chevening scholars. Some cried, some had panic attacks; 30 of them had already resigned their jobs, hoping that studying in the UK would improve their future prospects. The uproar led Johnson to reverse the decision.

He said UK wanted to ensure that the 34 Chevening Scholars in Kabul are able to come to UK and efforts were on to expedite their visas.

A prestigious programme, the Chevening Scholarship is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and partner organisations to help talented persons of other countries study in the UK.

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