Pakistan A-level students allowed to sit MDCAT: minister

Final-year A-level students in Pakistan, who are yet to sit their Cambridge exams, have been allowed to appear for the Medical and Dental College Admissions Test this year.

On Thursday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood met
PM’s aide on health Dr Faisal Sultan and discussed ways the government could
prevent final-year A-level students from losing a year because of the Covid-19
pandemic.

All students who wish to seek admission in medical and
dental colleges can take the MDCAT examination even if they have not yet taken
their FSc pre-medical or A-level exams, according to the Pakistan Medical
Council Undergraduate Education (Admissions, Curriculum, and Conduct)
Regulations, 2021.

The entry tests will be conducted from August 30 to
September 30. The admissions will be finalised by January 2022. The PMC has,
however, instructed colleges to delay it to February for A-level students.

The PMC vice-president has requested the government to
consider accepting results of elective subjects this year.

Earlier this year, Pakistan pushed O- and A-level exams to
October and November due to the third wave of coronavirus infections. They were
supposed to be conducted in May and June.

This year, the passing marks for MDCAT and NLC have been set at 60% and 70%, respectively.

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