Grace Marks Policy For MDCAT Students
The Education and Evaluation Testing Agency (ETEA) has stood firm against the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) over its controversial grace marks policy for all students in the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) in the case that 90% of applicants unable to accurately answer questions.
The decision in regard to the test caused a lot of concerns among students and guardians.
ETEA submitted its response through Khyber Medical University (KMU), in which they presented a disagreeing note to PMDC, contending that this strategy would be unfair to the 10% of students who answered accurately. In an authority letter, ETEA underlined the significance of maintaining equity by not punishing the high-performing minority.
Moreover, ETEA has asked local authorities to get serious about people endeavoring to offer advance access to MDCAT questions. The office warned applicants not to be deceived by such strategies and to report any criminal activity to the police.
The contention has additionally prompted a loss of a large sum for ETEA, adding up to Rs. 23 million, because of the rescheduling of MDCAT from 27 August 2023 to 10 September. ETEA had pre-booked air-conditioned exam halls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Government authorities in Peshawar have reprimanded PMDC’s grace marks formula, considering it ‘outlandish and untrustworthy’. Many expect legitimate difficulties in the policy if the policy is implemented, for certain diligent students and guardians promising to take the matter to court.
The circumstance has uncovered a logistical challenge, as ETEA had previously reserved 49 wedding halls for MDCAT in different urban communities when the test date was changed.
ETEA plans to look for financial loss from PMDC and KMU, the two of which collect fees from competitors yet have no immediate contribution to test arrangements.
This startling development may likewise confuse ETEA’s financial reviews, as evaluators might scrutinize the double allocation of funds for MDCAT.