LAHORE: Previously, making it through the requirement to submit an admission application in a university was quite a task in itself for A’ level students in Pakistan. The applicant is required to get their certificates from the British Council and then secure an equivalency certificate from the IBCC, which reduces the aggregate score of the candidate. Further, due to the differences of the curriculum taught, the intermediate education system has always been preferred to GCE examination for students who wish to pursue their career in the medical field.
And now the new policy by the PMDC bars A’ level students from applying for admission to public and private medical and dental colleges in the country. Although the ratio of A’ level students might be quite lower compared to HSC students, the said decision has put an end to the careers of many students. As the reasons behind the decision remain unknown, the Council must provide an alternative to students who have British Council qualification or are pursuing it with science subjects. Alongside this, the procedure for seeking equivalency and verification from local examination board must be made easier for students of all academic disciplines.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2017.