The Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) will be held on November 29, as per schedule, under the strict implementation of Covid-19 standard operating procedures. While addressing a press conference earlier this week, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on health, Dr Faisal Sultan, revealed that all entry and professional exams will be held according to plan. Last week, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) had announced that it would conduct the MDCAT 2020 on November 29.
“Upon compliance with the directions of the Honourable Sindh High Court, the National MDCAT will be held on 29th November 2020,” the organization said. The announcement has led to a great amount of backlash from MDCAT candidates on Twitter, who are asking for it to be postponed until coronavirus cases decrease in Pakistan.
Is mdcat test a joke ? Why government isn't taking it serious ? It's not the matter of one student's life but a matter of thousands of students which will appear in the test .#MDCAT #mdcat2020 @Shafqat_Mahmood @MJibranNasir @fslsltn @ImranKhanPTI @pmc_org pic.twitter.com/vS7LNAL6QG
— lost_in_ thoughts (@optimistic_678) November 24, 2020
— alhambra 07 (@mubarrashams07) November 24, 2020
Government is not giving permission to PDM to host big protest because of high risk of corona but they are conducting MDCAT because they think corona will not attack MDCAT student Hypocrisy of government at its best#mdcat2020 #MDCAT #Imrankhancancelmdcat #DelayMdcat
— Kabeer Shaikh (@KabeerS53354560) November 24, 2020
It is impossible to follow SOP's in MDCAT due to large number of students & parents. As PMC assured to impose possible precautionary measures in test centre,which seems to be nearly unaccountable.#delaymdcat Otherwise it's,not less than risking thousands of life's. pic.twitter.com/xnHPBlm92m
— Maisam Abbas Karimi (@karimi_maisam) November 24, 2020
Agreed!!! Not afraid of test it is just corona wich is bothering us and we even cannot perfom test properly!!!#coronavirusdelaymdcat#DelayMdcat #delaynmdcat2020 #delaynmdcat pic.twitter.com/zMq6bSBERu
— 𝐅𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐤𝐡 𝐇𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐧 (@FarakhHussain8) November 23, 2020
— Kamil (@Kamil76510094) November 24, 2020
— just hate 2020! (@iqkhan_says) November 21, 2020
The hashtags #DelayMdcat and #mdcatianslivesmatter have been trending on the micro-blogging platform since today morning. “Is the mdcat test a joke? Why the government isn’t taking it seriously? It’s not the matter of one student’s life but a matter of thousands of students who will appear in the test,” wrote a furious user, tagging politicians Jibran Nasir and Shafqat Mahmood, as well as PM Imran Khan. “Our health is important,” added another. A similar post read, Government is not giving permission to PDM to host a big protest because of the high risk of corona but they are conducting MDCAT because they think corona will not attack MDCAT students. Hypocrisy of the government at its best.”
When @Shafqat_Mahmood means institutions he means all the institutions,no exceptions.When he said the exams will be delayd it means all of the exams including MDCAT.PMC must revise it's policy.#DWMOfficial#mdcat2020#StudentsLivesMatter
— Doctors Wake-Up Movement🚩 (@DWMOfficial) November 24, 2020
— rumi_sf (@rumisf2) November 24, 2020
According to a Twitterati, this is the photo describing the state of #MDCAT arrangements in 2019!!@Shafqat_Mahmood sir, do you expect there would be ANY SOP compliance this year — When nt in 2019 without #COVID19? If ALL educational institutions closing — WHY NOT ENTRY TESTS?! pic.twitter.com/ooUHDFS3ab
— Nawal Amjad (@NawalAmjad12) November 23, 2020
yes this is real. pls raise your voice or be ready for pakistan becoming the next italy with 150k families being at risk in a sigle day #mdcat2020
— medico (@soberbadgirl) November 24, 2020
We want to become doctors, not patients
Corona cases are rising..1.5lac students are going to take the test. Corona will spread like a fire.. Our healths matter#DelayMdcat #mdcatianslivesmatter #mdcat2020 @Shafqat_Mahmood @pmc_org @ImranKhanPTI
— emaan.bukhariii (@EBukhariii) November 24, 2020
— Muhammad Hammad Zia (@Muhamma37683136) November 22, 2020
— Lyba (@Lyba64498013) November 21, 2020
— Ali moazzam malik (@Alimoazzammali1) November 24, 2020
If all unis r holding online exams why can’t you take mcat online or atleast delay it?When you wanted to delay it for your own politics you did it and now when it’s about our lives then apparently it’s imp to conduct the test? Wow how fair #MDCAT #DelayMdcat @Shafqat_Mahmood
— Syeda Areeba (@Syeda_Areeba9) November 24, 2020
Students will b appearing in exam. Imagine if only 1% of 2lacs have corona it will infect the remaining ones, which will spread among their family members.
1% of 2lacs is 2000
A single infected can infect 5more
Only @pmc_org will be responsible #mdcat2020 pic.twitter.com/zVxB3HNWNh
— Ahmad Yasin🇵🇰 (@ahmad___786) November 24, 2020
We also have family!!
We are humans!
We belong to PAKISTAN !
We care about our lives!
We need justice !
When every exam is cancelled !why not #MDCAT Whyyyyyy?????
If we inhale CORONA , WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE?YOU???
TELL ME??? #DelayMdcat #coronarisedelaymdcat
— IDK (@IDKjjjjjj) November 24, 2020
Yesterday, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announcement the shutting down of all educational institutions from November 26, 2020. Questioning this, a user wrote, “When @Shafqat_Mahmood means institutions, he means all the institutions, no exceptions. When he said the exams will be delayed it means all of the exams including MDCAT. PMC must revise its policy. #DWMOfficial#mdcat2020#StudentsLivesMatter.” Students have also been protesting via aggressive messages. One of them states, “They are afraid of our power!! Keep tweeting and raising your voice!! Show them the real power of students!! #mdcat2020#DelayMdcat.” Another added, #SecondWave of #COVID19 is far more dangerous than the #firstwave and yet we are medical students who are about to give #mdcat2020 on #29thnovember. We simply aren’t normal human beings am I right?” A picture showing the situation of MDCAT examination venues in the past has gone viral on Twitter. It shows a mob of students standing in close proximity, with almost not breathing space in between. Uploading the image, a user penned, According to Twitterati, this is the photo describing the state of #MDCAT arrangements in 2019!!
@Shafqat_Mahmood sir, do you expect there would be ANY SOP compliance this year – When not in 2019 without #COVID19? If ALL educational institutions closing — WHY NOT ENTRY TESTS?!”