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Mass Failure: 42 MBBS students file petition with KUHS against 2 medical colleges

Mass Failure: 42 MBBS students file petition with KUHS against 2 medical colleges

22 MBBS students from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College failed in General Medicine paper and 20 students failed in Paediatric paper at the Kozhikode Medical College.

Thiruvananthapuram: Following the declaration of their results, the disappointed MBBS students, who failed in their final year examinations, have filed a petition with the Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) petition against two of its affiliated medical colleges alleging foul play in mass failure.

Over 42 students have failed in their final year MBBS examination. As mentioned in a recent report by Deccan Chronicle, 22 MBBS students from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College of the batch 2014 failed in the practical examinations for the General Medicine paper while 20 MBBS students from the same batch at the Kozhikode Medical College failed in the Paediatric paper.

The students from the two medical colleges alleged victimization. Most of the students on the list were those who had earlier complained against a particular faculty member who was later transferred to the other medical college, reports Deccan Chronicle.

Consequently, the aggrieved students have petitioned the Kerala University of Health Sciences alleging foul play in the mass failure.

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The Medical dialogues team earlier reported 34 MBBS students of the 2013 batch of Government Medical College, Kozhikode out of the total 200 failed in the final year examination in March 2018. 30 of them failed in the practical exams in General Medicine.

The students had alleged that the mass failure was accounted to irrelevant questions that were asked from the students during the examination which led to a state of confusion and nervousness, resulting in failure. There were allegations that some of the external examiners and a few of their internal counterparts posed irrelevant questions during the practical examination for subjective evaluation while the theory papers had an objective centralized valuation system.

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  1. 25 students out of 108 have failed in pediatrics in Shimoga institute of medical sciences, Shimoga, of rajiv gandhi university of health sciences Karnataka. Hope a probe occurs there as well

  2. This is definitely due to grudge, teaching staff should be taught a right lesson. They should not play with the future of the students. This happens in all professional colleges. Most of the teaching staff have low morale, they think they are unquestionables

  3. the clinical and vivo voce examination is highly arbitrary . this method of examination is expected to test the practical skills of the students and most of the questions are related to that. In order to bring in uniformity of standards and assessment a system of external examiners is in place in most of the universities. there are no definite guide lines on the roles played by the internal and external examiners. Usually each candidate is assessed over a period of 30 minutes in various aspects of the clinical care including case presentation, discussion of treatment and investigations, ability to interpret various investigation reports like ECGs, x-rays etc. Usually it is an overall impression of the examiner about the capabilities of the students to undertake independent practice. In order to increase the accountability various techniques like \” objective centered clinical Examination\” etc have come in to vogue but never became popular on account of the need for increased number of examiners, and prolonged duration of time to implement the above. Passing in theory examination is no yard stick to measure the passing in the clinical and Viva as the skills required for both are entirely different. Even the theory examination is not entirely free of subjective assessment by examiners. to over come this subjectivity the theory papers are corrected by 3 different examiners and the maximum marks by any one of the three examiners is taken in to account. A better process is to have objective type of question papers which requires long time to prepare and labour intensive . even these are prone to various kinds of errors. On the whole the system of assessment in most of the examinations especially in medical education is highly arbitrary. the theory paper tests only the memory and does not test the higher cognitive skills, and the practical exams are highly dependant on the whims and fancies of the examiners. there are some examiners who try to unsettle the students and bully them for no rhime or reason. the principle seems to be \” if the students knows what ever the examiner knows then the student knows every thing. if the student does not know what ever the examiner knows then he knows nothing.\” even marking is highly arbitrary. if the examiner is not satisfied he ensures that the student does not recover in other areas of assessment by giving 5 % or 10 % of the marks. Approaching the courts is unlikely to solve the issues. what is required is a over all change in the teaching and assessment systems and the redesigning the curriculum. both these are highly labour intensive and are unlikely to happen in the near future due to shortages of faculty. the MCI is probably wise and turns a blind eye to the problem and diverts the attention of the public from these actual issues. The neet, etc are related to this aspect only and had effectively diverted the public attention from the actual issues.