The Pakistan Medical Commission has said to conduct the post-exam analysis of MDCAT 2021 to ensure transparency in the examination system. Moreover, it has been said by the commission that the post-exam analysis is compulsory to address the concerns of the candidates that have been protesting against the MDCAT 2021 results. The Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan has announced that this step will be taken to facilitate the students and analysis will be done by the Quaid-e-Azam University. The main reason to perform the analysis is to reassure that the marks will be awarded to the students for ambiguous or vague questions. The MDCAT students have been demanding to re-conduct the MDCAT students on a single day across the country as previously the commission had not conducted the test properly. The questions asked in the entrance exams were out of the syllabus and many students had faced problems in internet connections.
PMC Rejects Allegation Against MDCAT
The Pakistan medical commission has rejected all the allegations against the medical and dental college admission test. The students have filed the petition in the Sindh High Court to demand justice from the commission. It has been added that there were many fluctuations in the test due to which the future of students is at risk. Moreover, the delegation of students called on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan and told him about their concerns related to the MDCAT 2021. However, all such claims have been rejected by the commission and the authorities have said that the test was taken under the best possible system.
MDCAT 2021 Crisis
The MDCAT 2021 exams are over according to the schedule announced by the Pakistan medical commission. Now after the announcement of the merit, the eligible candidates will be able to take admission in the public and private medical and dental colleges. But the medical entrance exams for the current year have raised many controversies and the students are demanding to hold the test again as it is not right that some students have more time to revise the syllabus and they have taken advantage. Moreover, the testing facilities have been criticized due to the defective internet facilities. However, the commission has clarified that the test was based on the prescribed syllabus and also post-exam analysis will be conducted for the students.
Sindh Health Minister Rejects MDCAT
The Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho has rejected the results of the recently held Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) and said the Sindh government has decided to decrease the percentage for admission to medical colleges or to hold their own test. Sindh Information and Labour Minister Saeed Ghani and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah also shared their concerns over the poorly organized exam. It has been said that the Sindh government has received numerous complaints and several questions were asked from the curriculum of the federal board and the syllabus in Sindh was a bit different from Punjab’s boards. The minister also said that setting 65 % as passing marks is not a good decision as the academic session was greatly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the 18th Amendment the provinces have the right to legislate on medical admission tests and other matters. They said the software and hardware used by the Pakistan medical commission to conduct the medical entrance exams had malfunctioned and students were not given the right to complain or get their papers reassessed. The Sindh Assembly had earlier rejected the MDCAT and asked the provincial government to “take back” the test and conduct their own test for students of Sindh.