Doctors to square off with medical council over failed exam

 

A group of doctors trained in foreign lands will now face off with the medical and dental council of Namibia over an exam which they failed on the 15th of February at the Windhoek High Court.

 

A total of 240 doctors failed the pre-internship examination save for only two and they have bashed it for being an unfair and illegal test which they were made to write under tough circumstances.

 

Tomorrow, the disgruntled students will be flocking at court for case management as well as the application for joinder.

 

The reason for the joinder according to them is because they cited 199 foreign-trained medical graduates who wrote the written evaluation of 29 and 30 November 2018 but there may be other interested parties unknown to the applicants.

 

The respondents in the case, who include the health minister are also entitled to oppose this application.

 

“We also need to make sure that students are treated in this case not on an individual basis but as a whole,” one of the doctors told this publication.

 

They also pursue an urgent application that seeks to have the court issue an order to ban an oncoming exam set for February the 21st until issues of the first one are resolved.

 

According to their founding affidavit, they were made to write an exam which was supposed to be written the next day, which took them by surprise.

 

They also allege that they were given a 16 days’ notice of the exam instead of a mandatory 30 days which resulted in only two out of 240 of them passing it.

 

Another claim is that they were informed that the number of the questions for the written portion of the evaluation had been tripled from 100 multiple choice questions, as it had been in the recent past to 300 multiple choice questions.

 

What has irked them is that in spite of the claimed increase in the content of the work to be examined and the tripling of questions, the time for completion remained three hours per paper as in the past.