NHS Emphasises on Uniform Syllabus for the MDCAT

The Ministry of National Health Services in a statement emphasised on formulating a uniform syllabus for the Medical and Dental College Admission Test.

In their statement, the ministry of National Health Services stated that candidates who do not possess prerequisite knowledge of higher-level education should not be granted admission.

“There is a plethora of misinformation that is being peddled across social media platforms and news media alike regarding [the Pakistan Medical Commission’s (PMC)] ‘abrupt’ MDCAT syllabus and examination amendments. Students, as well as key opinion leaders on social media, can be found claiming that PMC has added ‘many extra topics’ to the MDCAT examination than are taught by federal boards across Pakistan. This is simply presumptive conjecture stemming from a lack of understanding of PMC’s structure and policies,” the ministry postulated.

The statement added: “It is a known fact that, in the past, some admitting universities had been consistently limiting their question bank to reduced topics from the FSc syllabus, resulting in an easier MDCAT exam for some compared to others.”

“This inequality in the level of difficulty of different provincial MDCAT exams consistently resulted in public objections, especially from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who found the difficulty level of their MDCAT exams to be much higher than others, resulting in their students obtaining lower marks compared to MDCAT aspirants from other provinces and regions. This also negatively affected the final merit of these students due to other students giving easier MDCAT exams, thereby acquiring higher marks.”

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari bashed the Pakistan Medical Council (PMC) for making “abrupt changes” to the MDCAT.

In response to Bilawal’s accusations, the ministry added in the statement: “The PMC has not changed the MDCAT syllabus ‘abruptly’, or at all for that matter. In fact, there exists no such syllabus for the MDCAT at all, therefore the issue of PMC changing the syllabus should be rendered null and void.”

Moreover, in the statement, the spokesperson continued to defend the PMC and the MDCAT syllabus and its fair assessment.

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