Punjab medical college admission test controversy
Medical College Admission Test for A-Level badly mismanaged
Lahore, Oct 3: The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) held on September 27
was completely out of line with the promises made by the University of
Health Sciences (UHS) and was plagued by various problems, many
students have alleged. Detailed interaction with various students who
sat for the test has revealed many of the facts stated below. By and
large, while the students appreciate the step taken by the UHS to make
a separate test for A-Level students, they strongly object to
inefficiencies in the execution and designing of this test.
questions on the test, which was supposed to be separate for non-FSc
students, were not in accordance with the June 2009 CIE syllabus posted
on the website (which has now been reportedly removed from the
website). Many other questions contained incomplete or incorrect
information. For example, many questions in the English section had all
four options containing grammatical errors. One of the questions had
"felled" (to fall) in all the four options.
Questions not from past papers
Lahore: Vice Chancellor (VC) Malik Mubashir had said at a seminar held at the
Alhamra Arts Council on September 10 that there would not be any
questions from past papers. However, the test did contain many past
paper questions, most of them from the 1960s and 1970s. The A-Level
syllabus is altered every 10 years, whereas small amendments are made
every year. Many of the questions from past papers were out of line
with the CIE syllabus. A-Level questions are prepared by experienced
British examiners keeping in mind that each question is solved within
90 seconds with the help of a calculator.
However, the MCAT exam
had 220 questions, to be solved in 150 minutes, leaving approximately
40 seconds for each question. Many numerical questions in the Physics
section required the use of a calculator.
However, the MCAT exam had 220 questions, to be solved in 150 minutes,
leaving approximately 40 seconds for each question. Many numerical
questions in the Physics section required the use of a calculator.
invigilators: Another major issue was the mismanagement in the test
centre by untrained invigilators. The question papers and answer sheets
were colour-coded. However, the invigilators could not differentiate
between different colours and handed over wrong papers to many A- Level
students who were not compensated for the time wasted in being handed
over the right papers. There were not more than two A-Level students in
any room or examination hall, and they suffered the most at the hands
of the untrained staff.
UHS staff told students that a separate centre had not been made for
the non-FSc students to ensure that they did not cheat. However, a lot
of cheating was reported between FSc students.
to the controversy, the UHS claimed that the papers were made,
checked and rechecked, and the answer key verified by 'renowned'
A-Level teachers. They said these 'renowned' teachers were Prof Abdur
Rehman, Prof Shamsul Haq, Prof Burhan Asad, Shazia Iqbal and Nadeem
Anwar. However, strangely, none of these names are known to A-Level
students. Shamsul Haq and Nadeem Anwar are FSc teachers and have
authored a number of books.
The UHS VC, who made
promises of full transparency and fair play, is
neither answering his phone nor is he available at the UHS premises to
address students' concerns. The UHS is using delaying tactics in the
registration of complaints, so that the merit list can be displayed
without these problems being solved.
It is believed that this
year not even one percent of the 564 non-FSc students would be able to
get admission to a government medical institution.
He refused to comment and said the
version might be taken from UHS Public Relations Officer (PRO) Muhammad
Atif. The PRO rejected all claims of mismanagement, and said the test
was conducted smoothly.
Although he admitted that at least 11 complaints had been received by
the UHS complaint cell, he said the number was neither here nor there
when compared to the over-22,000 students who sat for the test.
also admitted that students were given extra time in some cases,
contradicting his earlier statement that there was no need for extra
Discrimination: When it was suggested to him that it might
have been better to place FSc and A-Level students in different halls
to avoid problems, he said it would have been discrimination.
asked why the syllabus was removed from the website, Atif said it
was done to resolve 'space' issues. Once told that the syllabus
document would not have taken much space, he said he would recommend to
the university to put it back online.
The PRO said the students
were only complaining because the university
had provided them a self-scoring scheme, and he was under the
impression that the students who feared failure were the ones accusing
the UHS of malpractices.
Many questions on test out of line with syllabus posted on UHS website
Questions from past papers included despite promise to the contrary
Untrained invigilators did not understand colour coding of papers
None of the 'renowned' teachers involved in making papers known to A-Level students
UHS VC neither answering phone nor available on campus
Syllabus removed from website to save space
Only 11 complaints received, which is neither here nor there out of 22,000 students
Separate halls for A-Level and FSc students would have been discrimination
Only students who fear failure after comparing answers with self-assessment scheme complaining
Names top A-Level teachers who validated test are a secret.
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Three students injured in KC as ceiling fan falls
Lahore: Three FSc (Pre-medical) students in Kinnaird College (KC) were
injured when a ceiling fan fell on them, a private TV channel reported
on Friday. According to the channel, three students, including Quratul
Ain, who sustained severe head injuries, were injured when a ceiling
fan fell over them. The students were attending their English language
class in the Science Block of the college. The injured girls were
immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The
hospital sources told the channel that Quratul Ain received five
stitches on her head for the injuries. The channel said the college had
no doctor, dispensary or other medical facilities to provide immediate
relief to student or the staff in case of emergencies. A large number
of students of the college demanded the governor and the CM to take
notice of the incident and provide medical facilities to the college.
Students also demanded the college administration to properly check and
ensure that all electronics in the classrooms were properly fixed so
that such incidents could be prevented in future. On the other hand,
parents of the injured students said it was very disappointing that the
college administration failed to provide basic facilities to the
students in classrooms, adding that they had paid large amount of money
to the college in fees. Daily times
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