Only 41% of the MBBS passed students who give license examination pass through it. This is the surprising fact of the medical education in Nepal.
The students who pass through the tedious examinaiton of MBBS when canot pass in the simple licensing examination has raised questions in the validity and reliability of MBBS examination.
Experts have drawn serious attention to the Medical education policy and regulations in Nepal and have urged that the concerned authorities make the necessary changes.
According to the sources of NMC, the questions in the licensing exam are made very basic and easy. The students who clear out the extensive courses of MBBS over 5 years could easily score top marks in the licensing exam.
However, to some relief, the students who did their MBBS from TU-IOM (Maharajgunj Medical Campus), Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) and BPKIHS, Dharan have less than 10% in figures who fail the licensing examination.
In the last year’s licensing exam, out of 683 MBBS students from Nepal who sat in the exam, only 403 passed it.
Every year, 3,000 to 3,500 MBBS students sit in the licensing exam in Nepal.
According to an official of NMC, if the licensing examination is made more stringent and practical examination is included, the number of failing students could be even higher.
The NMC officials also state that the condition was not as worse as it is today a few years back. The haphazard affiliation given to unqualified medical colleges by the universities and the loose regulations in the student admission and selection are some of the reasons that have led to the poor quality of the medical workforce.