In a significant ruling, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has ordered a retest of the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The decision comes after the court found merit in the KP government’s case related to allegations of cheating during the MDCAT exam.
The PHC has directed that the test be re-conducted within six weeks, aligning with the earlier announcement made by the interim cabinet of KP. This verdict was based on the findings of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, which confirmed instances of cheating during the MDCAT exam.
The KP government had decided to re-take the exam in light of these findings. In its verdict, the PHC stated that it would not interfere further in this matter, thereby supporting the government’s decision. It is important to note that several students were caught cheating during the MDCAT exam using Bluetooth devices, raising serious concerns about the transparency and integrity of the exam.
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Previously, the high court had ordered a halt on the release of the test results following petitions from students. However, in its latest verdict, the court declared the previous exam void and ordered a retest.
This decision by the PHC underscores the importance of maintaining the integrity of academic examinations. It sends a strong message against cheating and emphasizes the need for transparent and fair testing processes.
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In a related development, a high-level inquiry committee has also recommended retaking the exam in Sindh. The committee suggested taking action against those involved in leaking the paper, further highlighting the widespread concern over the integrity of the MDCAT exam.
This landmark ruling by the PHC is expected to have far-reaching implications for the conduct of future exams, setting a precedent for strict action against cheating and ensuring fairness in the admission process for medical and dental colleges.