- A total of 157 out of 225 foreign trained Ghanaian doctors have failed the Medical and Dental Council (MDC)’s examination
- The exams grants them the licences to practice in Ghana
Only 68 persons passed out of the 225 foreign trained Ghanaian doctors who sat the Medical and Dental Council (MDC)’s examination which grants them the licences to practice in Ghana.
The exams which was conducted from February 22, 2019, to March 2, 2019, saw 157 of the foreign trained doctors fail the MDC examination.
According to a report by Ghanaian Times, the candidates who failed have the opportunity to re-sit the exams which includes; multiple choice and problem-solving sessions as well as orals.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Times newspaper some of the students who failed said they suspected foul play. They alleged that the Council deliberately failed them in order to make more money from the re-sit.
Meanwhile, MDC Registrar, Dr Eli Atukpui has refuted the allegations by the foreigner trained doctors, saying the results could not be manipulated as they went through rigorous processes and validated by examination committees, made up of level headed practitioners, who would not risk their reputation.
He also revealed that the failure rate is normal because on a yearly basis more that 50% of foreign trained students fail the exams.
He said the highest pass rate of 48% was recorded in November 2017 with 139 candidates while the lowest pass rate was recorded in February the same year in which 180 candidates were examined.
Dr. Atukpui noted that the major cause of the failure was that the candidates had poor knowledge in the various disciplines in the medical field including basic sciences.
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He added that some of the foreign medical schools admitted students with poor WASSCE results and others who studied General Arts, Visual Arts and Home Economics instead of the General Sciences.
He however, opined that Ghanaians trained as doctors in Cuba and Venezuela always perform better.
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