A level students admission in medical colleges

Separate entry test for A level students
Lahore, July 08: Meeting a longstanding demand of the A level students, the Punjab government has notified that evaluation of A level students for admission in medical colleges would be undertaken separately by university of Health Sciences from their own syllabus.

A notification issued by provincial health department said that from now onwards, A level students would take a separate entry test, selected from their own syllabus and not from the FSc as was the practice in the past.

In the notification, the Punjab government directed the University of Health Sciences to conduct separate entrance test for the A level students from A level syllabus. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif took this decision on the recommendations of a high level inquiry committee constituted under the supervision of the Chairman Planning & Development comprising Punjab Health Secretary, vice chancellors of the medical universities and other senior health officers.

The inquiry committee was constituted on the strong agitation of the parents and students studying in various English medium schools.

The A level students will be given necessary papers of separate colours at the examination centres for entry test scheduled for September 27 this year.

Previously, A level students were asked to either appear in the examination taken according to old FSc course or new FSc course instead of A level pattern. The UHS has announced September 27 for the entry test exams this year.

The government, however, is yet to meet another related demand of A level students pertaining to determine an equivalence formula of their marks with those of FSc students. According to existing formula, the highest marks given to an A-level student are 935/1100 by Inter Board Committee Of Chairmen (IBCC). On the other hand, highest marks of an FSc student can be as high as 1000 and above.

This formula equates straight A's with only 935 marks of FSc. Thousands of A level students become disappointed and feel discouraged when they are denied admission in medical colleges and other professional colleges on the basis of this formula, as so many students of FSc are now securing more than 1000 marks.

Due to unjust examination system, out of 430 A-level students who passed the entrance test last year only seven per cent could get admissions in medical colleges while the rest had to adopt other professions against their choice.

On this, A level students had complained to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to allocate separate quota of seats for them in medical and dental colleges as current admission policy unfairly favoured the FSc students. They had further pleaded that Medical Colleges Admission Test (MCAT) was purely based on FSc textbooks and pattern, which is quite different from that of A levels. In their presentation made to the Punjab CM, they pleaded that majority of A level students could not get admission in medical colleges due to unfair admission policy.

They expressed concern that as a consequence of current unjust system of evaluation, even the brilliant students of schools or colleges fail to get admission in government medical colleges. The Nation

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"very bad decision by punjab govt. a- level students choose british education system over pakistan, so they should follow their dreams in british medical schools and leave pakistani medical schools for pakistani fsc students ,simple is that.after all their dads have all the dirty money in the world and trust me these scumb bags can afford british medical schools. "
Name: nasir
Email: unitedtelekom@yahoo.com
City, Country: lahore

"very bad discision..seemz like govt don want to see students from low and middle class anymore..those who can affoard A levels can easily afford private medical colleges..so y dey don get burried dere.. "
Name: zainab
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City, Country: karachi

"oh cumon v alvel students do alevel on our scholarshps n v desrve to stay n study in pakistan n trust me cambridge sysytem is way better than fsc !!!!!!!! i must say an excellent decision by Gov of Punjab!!!!! "
Name: Sumi
Email: summoreaiyamallam@hotmail.com
City, Country: Lahore

"we choose british board because all the proud pakistani medical school take their tests in BRITISH language and include a section completely of testing students skills BRITISH language ! were is thier national pride? you know what if you are so antiBRITISH dont ever appear for a test in BRITANs NATIONAL LANGUAGE. its not that britian education is our preferance its just that all well reputed institution only tend to offer A levels . the reason for this is as clear as the written errors in F sc books i mean no offence but taking a test from an unknown syllabus is not fair to us "
Name: Ayousha
Email: ayoushaiqbal@live.com
City, Country: Islamabad

"oh phulzzzzzzzzz!!!!!alvl students deserve to be in medical colleges as much as F.sc students....i think its the best decision till now for education in pakistan....and btw we choose british system to avoid rote learning because that is like soooooo inhuman and we would rather be humans than parots with no knowlegde......n talkn abt that,we dont degrade u why r u guys so much against alvl students anyway?????"
Name: afifa
Email: afifazulfiqar42@hotmail.com
City, Country: Lahore

"who said parents with children doing A levels have all the dirty money? SHUT THE CRAP. their parents wanted them to have a modernized form of education. and there is nothing wrong with that! NOTHING AT ALL. our religion itself tells us to get the latest education even if you have to travel to china to do so. it didnt say nowhere that A levels is sucky or to follow a system that has been going on for years(when my grandparents were young). living in a country like pakistan, A levels should have as much freedom and ease in mcat and ecat as fsc students do. you guys only memorize whereas A levels is so much more than that. 2 books, full rata, and you top. lets see you get a distinction in A levels. im not saying that fsc is bad in any way. all im trying to get across is dont underestimate what you dont have. dont let your jealously or biased opinion get in the way of your fair judgement. and the guy who called us scumbags well i sure like to see your big *** ***** give A levels. JEALOUS FREAK. it sounded more like you were jealous of the fact that you dont have any money and got stuck with fsc. and that you really wanted to do A levels if you had some ca-ching in your wallet. i bet everyones looking below at you, narrow minded loser."
Name: A levels
Email: sawaisca@yahoo.ca
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"Guys i think this is a good decision, but as a pre-engineering student, i think Govt. Policy makers are once again missing something, A levels pre-engineering students are exempted from this relief, they still have to give ECAT based on FSc. course. I think they should also extend this relief to A levels pre-engineering students, because "A levels mai sirf medical students hi nai hotey".......... Hope our voice is also heard........"
Name: Omer
Email: mind.reader@live.com
City, Country: Lahore , Pakistan.

"WOW! thats a great decision but I have read in The Nation Monday, May 11, 2009 The proposals would be communicated to the Federal Ministry of Education for approval as soon as the chief minister approves the summary. so what about that ? Has it been approved by Federal Ministry of Education that it is ready to be implemented?"
Name: Muhammad Masood
Email: mmmone@live.com
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"hell yeh great decision! =) "
Name: Kainat
Email: kt_sweety@hotmail.com
City, Country: Muscat,Oman

"This iz perhaps da best n gratest dicission made by Punjab gov ....n i would like 2 thnx Mr Shahbaz sharif 4 dis,I myself is an engineering stdnt but have seen my seniors hugely talented even geetng adm in 2 Oxford,but rejected in our Medical test ....thiz iz wrong ......and now if any bodt from FSC feeling un easy is his problem! ."
Name: umar farooq hundal
Email: umarfarooqhundal@yahoo.com
City, Country: Faisalabad,Pakistan

"Hey there well its no doubt a gr8 decision but i m surprised kay why only MCAT....wht wrong have we engineering alevel guys have dn..... perhaps there were no alevel students of government officials appearing this time in any engineering university or wtevcer!!!! And by the way everyone we forget tht today we are not renowned becoz of anyone who topped the FSC or Matric..... but a guy frm islamabad who took 23 As I dont say we Alevels guys are superior but just to clear a point tht had this sytem been any gud ,other countries should have taken example frm it rather than we taking their systems like Alevels EDEXCEL and others!!!! and by the way,even though, we are pretending to be so patriotic abt OUR SYSTEM....in the end it is us who are dying to get education frm American and british universities.....where does our patriotism goes then??????? "
Name: WAleed Khalid
Email: walazu@hotmail.com
City, Country: LAhore,Pakistan

"Its not that a A level student chose british system over pakistani system.. the truth is that in pakistan both systems are legalized by the government and the private sector... so A level students should get seperate quota.. cuz many fsc people get into med colleges only because they have studied fsc not because they deserve to.. a joint test is like saying to a child.. u can do A levels, its perfectly okay but u wont get into a medical college cuz some stupid ratafying retards have higher marks than ur equivalence .... if there has to be a fsc based test then there should only be fsc and A level should be banned in the country!"
Name: rafi
Email: rafi_jarral@hotmail.com
City, Country: lahore,Pakistan

"being from middle class, its my parents dream to c me as a doctor n this decision if confirmed,will greatly help me..i hav done alvls despite medical class...and also this is more just, this wil increase the competition in between the respective students "
Name: shaheena
Email: shaheena_devil456@hotmail.com
City, Country: Islalmabad,Pakistan

"very very very good decision pak govt. a level students deserve to get admissions in medical colleges as well as fsc students do. keep us updated with more good news!!!! "
Name: mahanoor
Email: mhz123@hotmail.com
City, Country: riyadh KSA

"yea well, it does seem like a gr8 decision for a level students,doesnt it?well, its NOT.i did a levels and gave the mcat last year and it turned out to be the most impossible thing ever! We has 40 seconds to answer one question bt it took 30 to only read it,so damn F****** hard! nd the fsc test was sooo easy,its more impossible for a levl students to get into a medical college now than b4, i say reverse the decision."
Name: Truth_teller
Email: mehreen_312@hotmail.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"A level students deserve to be in govt. Medical college"
Name: Abdullah
Email: abdullahkhan87@live.com
City, Country: Lahore

"V a level students must get a fair shot at these tests. V are also pakistani and v deserve to study as v will. Great decision!!! Our system is better and no cheating which is observed in matric. We must also be chosen. V can bcome beter doctors than fsc ones. V also r equal to matric students."
Name: Waleed
Email: waleed_ch_42@hotmail.com
City, Country: Sialkot, Pakistan

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