Parents want Council to stop induction of 243 foreign students

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By Kehinde Osasona and Binta Shama


Parents of some foreign medical students that failed the Medical and Council of Nigeria (MDCN) licensing examination yesterday have urged the Council to stop its planned induction of the other 243 students who passed the prescribed examination.
The aggrieved parents also called for the general and comprehensive review of the assessment of the examination in order to clarify the alleged irregularities that took place during its conduct.
Blueprint recalls that the 2017 MDCN’s assessment examination for the foreign trained Doctors was conducted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), but recorded massive failure.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on behalf of the Forum of Parents of Foreign Trained Doctors, Mr. Sadiq Kassim, accused the acting Registrar of the Council, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, of failing their children deliberately, alleging that he had threatened to fail them before the examination was conducted.
He said: “There should be a general and comprehensive review of the assessment examination as conducted in UITH on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and Friday, November 17, 2017, and the result there from, so as to put paid to the wanton and unwholesome irregularities and myriads of other complains as contained above.
“The original log book of attendance signed by each Doctor daily be made available to ascertain the identity and numbers of those that achieved the mandatory 75% attendance vis-à-vis those that were allowed to sit for the assessment examination and were said to have passed the assessment examination by Acting Registrar, Dr Sanusi.
“That there is the need to ascertain the names and numbers of those duly registered and those who wrote the examination so as to validate the actual number of those who made the first list of 500 vis-a-vis the second list of 243 as uploaded by Acting Registrar, Dr Sanusi, and the total number registered.”
Also speaking, one of the affected doctors, Adam Ibrahim, who graduated from Kursk State Medical University, Russia, alleged that the Council did not have a grading system that truly assessed candidate’s knowledge and ability.

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