THE entry test for admission to the MBBS/BDS programmes in universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, scheduled to be held on July 15, was postponed due to rains. It was rescheduled for August 19. Students were greatly disturbed by mismanagement by the authorities concerned.
The authorities should have prepared for such a situation, as one can access the weather forecast with great ease. Furthermore, on the previously scheduled date, many students had their mobile phones inside examination halls, which might have been used to cheat.
Some students were also noticed meeting the staff on duty in the test centres with some staff members being relatives of the students. Such an environment in the examination halls will not only create doubts about the credibility of the test itself, but will also discourage hardworking candidates. In response to queries, the Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency said that their only responsibility was to conduct the test and announce its results, and they had nothing to do with other arrangements.
The ultimate responsibility falls on the shoulders of the Khyber Medical University (KMU) and the provincial government.