KARACHI: On Saturday, while talking to reporters in the committee room of the Sindh Assembly, Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho rejected the results of the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) taken by the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) across Pakistan this year.
She raised concerns about the results of the test and said that after seeing the results of the students of Sindh we are left with no choice but either to hold our own tests or decrease the merit for admission to medical colleges in the province and also mentioned that The Sindh government had already highlighted its reservations over the PMC multiple times to the federal government but the government failed to handle this situation and further said that students’ protest against PMC across Pakistan is already showing the credibility of this test.
She said, “We are left with only two options; either we take our own medical tests or decrease the percentage for seats in Sindh. If we give admission to students from other provinces, we will deprive our students of getting medical education,”.
She also talked about the passing marks percentage set by the PMC and said that because of the Covid situation students are failed to perform well in the academic year and setting 60 percentage as eligibility criteria for MDCAT is unfair to the students.
She also apprised the media that 492 out of 600 seats in dental colleges had remained vacant while 30 percent of 2,600 seats in the private medical colleges in Sindh had remained vacant last year when the PMC had set 60 percent as minimum passing marks to qualify the previous MDCAT and further stated that private medical and dental colleges had to fill all these seats with students who belonged to other provinces which is not fair with the people of the Sindh because the other students will return to their provinces after completing their degree causing a shortage of doctors in Sindh.
She also announced that from next year the government will take its own medical and dental entry test in the province as this is the right of the provinces according to the 18th Amendment.
Earlier this month, many aspirants of MDCAT 2021 protested against the irregularities in the MDCAT test taken by the PMC. Both male and female aspirants along with their families gathered in front of different important buildings of the government across the country to carry out their protest.