In a significant development, the caretaker Sindh Health Minister and caretaker cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) have jointly announced the reconduct date of the Medical and Dental College admission tests (MDCAT) 2023 in their respective provinces. This decision comes after the earlier result of MDCAT in both provinces were canceled due to alleged paper leaks. The decision to conduct MDCAT tests again stems from the confirmation of the paper leak in the initial examination, which significantly impacted the candidates' scores and their ability to achieve their full potential.
MDCAT Test Reconduct Date 2023
The MDCAT 2023 re-examination date is 19th November 2023. The caretaker minister of Sindh and the KPK caretaker cabinet have confirmed that the MDCAT 2023 will be conducted afresh. In Sindh, the test is scheduled for November 19, 2023 with Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) being the conducting body, while in KPK, it will be overseen by Khyber Medical University on the same date.
FIA Investigation of MDCAT 2023
The leaked MDCAT paper raised concerns about the integrity of the examination and its impact on the students' futures, prompting the Sindh and KPK governments to take this step. Moreover, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been directed to investigate the alleged irregularities surrounding MDCAT 2023. Earlier, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) also played a pivotal role in addressing the issue, supporting the KP government's decision to conduct the test again in light of findings by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that uncovered instances of cheating during the initial MDCAT tests.
The high court's verdict highlighted that the court would not interfere in the matter once the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet approved the decision. The PHC emphasized the need for transparent and efficient conduct of the MDCAT tests within a period of six weeks in line with the cabinet's directives.
The paper leak controversy initially came to light when the caretaker Sindh government launched an inquiry into reports that the question paper contents for the MDCAT held on September 10 had been leaked beforehand. The caretaker health minister has vowed to conclude the investigation swiftly and bring the culprits responsible for this act to justice.
The committee responsible for the inquiry is committed to delivering its report within one week, striving to restore the credibility and integrity of the MDCAT examination process.