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Islamabad students protest against PMDC’s admission criteria

Students want entry test postponed

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Aug 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

Pre-medical students, who have completed their A-levels and Intermediate, protested in Islamabad outside the PMDC's head office on Wednesday. The students want the council to postpone the date for its entry test and change the admission criteria.

Around 100 students from different colleges are participating in the protest, including those who are members of the Doctors Wake-Up Movement (DWM-Pakistan), Mustafvi Students Movement (MSM) and other organisations.

PMDC officials held discussions over the demands of the students. It was decided by the registrar that the council would take members on board to review the admission criteria, said Muazim Wazir the representative of the Doctors Wake-up Movement.

The registrar added that the council would also request a delay in the entry test; however, final decisions will be made on a meeting on Monday.

The students are demanding a change in the admission criteria of the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) and Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA), explained another member of the DWM. We also want the entry exams to be postponed, he added.

The MDCAT is conducted every year for admission into MBBS and BDS programmes. It is a pre-requisite for admission in all medical and dental colleges both public and private sector in Pakistan. The ETEA, on the other hand, is a body that conducts medical entry tests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The criterion for the admission gives 50% weightage to the results of the final exams and 50% to entry test. The students said that the weightage for the entry test should be increased from 50% to 70% because they were not able to take their final exams this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They want the date of the entry test postponed because they

claim they did not get sufficient time to prepare for the exam because of the


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  1. Munnaza  August 26, 2020 6:26 pm/ Reply

    It is an issue related to the majority of FSc and A level students in the country. The logic is straightforward. The FSc students were promoted this year without any examination by adding 3% to their past year grades. It affected them in many ways.
    Many of the students got unprecedently high marks like five toppers in Federal Board Islamabad secured 1097, 1096, 1096, 1095, and 1095 out of 1100 marks. It makes more than 99% marks. It affected those students who were preparing to score better in the second part of the FSc. Then it affected those repeaters which could not get admitted last year. It also affected A level students who have unjustifiably been graded at 90% though they top the world in Senior Cambridge examinations.
    The students’ demand for change in criteria is not only logical but also provide them all to compete on the level playing field. The PMDC should give 70% weightage to the MDCAT exam, so the majority of the students are satisfied with their admissions.

  2. Huda khan  August 27, 2020 2:05 pm/ Reply

    Tests is for student not for pmdc or vc
    So they have to delay etea test like other provinces give them equal opportunity

  3. Jiya  August 28, 2020 1:50 pm/ Reply

    The test should be delayed. 20th September is too soon. VC KMU should listen to our demands and not ignore us. This is unfair to the students of KPK. The test is on the 18th of October in the rest of Pakistan then why is KMU in such a hurry?? We’ve been protesting for more than three weeks but he’s ignoring us. Who should we go to if our own VC is ignoring our demands? He’s making lame excuses and trying his best to not delay it but we NEED time. 90% of the students want delay. If PMDC is in favour of it then why can’t he just delay it? We’re so depressed and literally get panic attacks everyday. Really disappointed in the education system of Pakistan especially KPK. Nobody cares about the students mental health. KMU is playing games with us.

  4. ahmad khan  August 30, 2020 12:44 pm/ Reply

    yes they should review their decision

  5. zainabkhan  August 31, 2020 5:36 pm/ Reply

    it must be postponed as the test is given by students not by pmdc and kmu members.if students want it to be postponed so it must be then…

    • Rose  September 5, 2020 12:38 am/ Reply

      I’m extremely confused about the test dates but i agree the weightage should be increased to 70%

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