KPK Medical Entry Test Has Been Rescheduled for the Third Time
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government postponed test for admissions to private and public medical and dental colleges, on Tuesday morning. The medical tests have been postponed for the third time due to the rainfall forecast and have further stressed around 40,000 candidates.
The higher education department has proposed the date of the examinations to the 30th of September as the new date for the test, which was supposed to be held on the 23rd of September.
Reports have suggested rain in several areas, where the entrance test is supposed to be held, and on Tuesday, the request to move the exams date further have been approved by the chief minister.
The chief minister is also the chairman of the Education Testing and Evaluation Agency, which will conduct the test.
“I am sure the chief minister will approve the new test schedule proposed by the department,” an official individual told Dawn.
The first Etea test for admission to medical and dental colleges in the province was scheduled for the 15th of July but was postponed until Aug 19 due to heavy rainfall in some areas related to the test halls.
The test did take place on the 19th of August, however, was canceled due to a paper leak.
The Intelligence Bureau confirmed the paper leak to the police and they have now issued an arrest, after issuing a watchman for it.
“The investigation into the matter is still underway”, the official said.
In a report submitted to the higher education department, the IB had stated that a joint investigation team has been put in charge to look into the paper leak.
The 23rd of September was later fixed for the test but that date, too, was changed on Tuesday over the rain forecast. Now, the text is likely to take place on the 30th of September.
The entry test will take place at seven centers that are established at Islamia Collegiate School Ground Peshawar, Haripur University, Saidu Sharif Medical College Swat, Gomal Medical College, Dera Ismail Khan, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Cadet College Kohat, and Malakand University Chakdara Lower Dir.
A senior Etea official told a local publishing that the Met Office had forecast rains in the province on the test day i.e. 23rd September.
He said the organization had formally sought a report about the 23rd September weather forecast.
However, a weather expert stated that the Met Office can only offer reports for the next 24 hours only and that the scheduled rain might be a hoax.
Around 40,000 candidates for the test expressed their stress on the frequent change of test schedule.
They said that they have been studying since January 2018 and need to give it as early as possible.