In the final year MBBS exams at the Government medical college, Kozhikode, there was a mass failure of students and that has kicked up a row with experts demanding that the present examination system be overhauled.  Kerala University of Health Sciences declared the results a couple of days ago where 34 of the 200 students in the 2013 batch failed in the final year exams.  In general medicine practical exams, 30 of them failed.  The college has an intake of 250 students, one of the highest among government medical colleges in Kerala.   Number of failed students in other government medical colleges is below 10 so the issue assumes significance.  In Manjeri, Government Medical college has been recently set up with a pass percentage of 98.  In 2017,19 students could not clear the final year exams at the Kozhikode Medical College.  Even the brightest students failed to clear the practical exams.  They were not even given 45 marks which could have enabled a moderation of five marks and a pass, with 50 marks.  Some have cleared the examination scoring just 50 marks out of moderation.  It has been alleged that some of the external examiners and a few internal examiners had posed irrelevant questions to the students which affected their morale and presence of mind.  A student who did not wish to be quoted said the medicos were supposed to go through a continuing evaluation (CE) process and internal tests in each semester, which were as tough as the university exams. Only those who clear these tests were allowed to appear for the final exams. The student was left wondering how bright students can fail only in the final test.  The former Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology Government Medical College, Kozhikode told The Hindu on Monday that it was time to change the examination pattern. “Those who get admission to the medical college here are the highest rank holders in the State-level entrance test. It is unlikely that they lack skills,” he said. Meanwhile, sources in the College said that Principal will have a meeting of the parents – teachers association.

 

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