Third year exams: Medical students protest ‘harsh’ marking

Published: February 22, 2012
Protesters march to prime minister’s house.

Protesters march to prime minister’s house.


Scores of third year students of the Punjab Medical College (PMC) in Faisalabad and Nishtar Medical College in Multan staged a demonstration on Tuesday to express anguish and resentment at their examination results.

In Faisalabad, the students, who failed the recent examination, gathered at the PMC Chowk and raised slogans against the college administration. They also blocked traffic on Sargodha Road for more than three hours.

The students said some of the questions in their examinations had been out of their courses of study.

They said the issue was brought to the notice of the PMC administration, who they claimed, assured them that they would be given “special concession.”

Yet, they said the administration did not consider this and failed most of them.

Qasim, one of the protesting students, said, “Despite the questions being out of the syllabus, we attempted the paper on the assurance of the administration.”

Muhammad Saqib, another student, told The Express Tribune that when the students protested after the exam, the administration told them that the matter had been brought to the notice of the authorities. “We will not accept these results,” he said.

Another protester, Nadia Noor, said that she had never failed any exams in her entire academic careers. She said it was shocking for her and her family that despite hard work, she had failed. “It’s not that just the poor students who have failed. A lot of brilliant students did not pass. This is not a coincidence,” she said. She said seeing some poor students pass the exams, she suspected that they had bribed the examiners.

The protesting students chanted slogans against the PMC and appealed to the Punjab government to take notice of the situation. They demanded their papers be remarked to avoid speculations and save their academic career.

A PMC spokesman said that the administration was looking into the matter.

A similar demonstration was held in Multan, where Nishtar Medical College students took to the streets against “strict and biased” marking.

The students took out a rally from the college and marched towards the prime minister’s house. They also protested against the University of Health Sciences. The protest rally was led by Hassan Ali Jaskani, the Peoples Student Federation Nishtar unit president. Jaskani said more than 170 third year students had failed and demanded a fresh evaluation of the papers.

A Nishtar Medical College spokesman denied the allegation that the question papers were beyond the syllabus. He called the students’ protests “baseless.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2012.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed Hassan Ali Jaskani as a member of the Pakistan Student Federation. This is incorrect, he is a member of the Peoples Student Federation. The error is regretted.

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  • Rafaqat
    Feb 22, 2012 - 3:56AM

    Perhaps if they had studied properly instead of “Ratta” …these students would have got somewhere. A fail is a fail. These students are clearly not compliant with the highest academic standards necessary for medical profession.


  • Feb 22, 2012 - 2:25PM


    It depends on the curriculum set by the UHS. If they’re establishing a system that can only be passed by rigorous rattas, then you cannot blame the students for playing along with this nonsense.

    When such an alarming number of students fail an exam, what do you think is more likely: all these students are idiots, or was there something genuinely wrong with the paper?


  • drKhan
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:34PM

    hahaha… interesting idea you got there brother. the marking was totally biased and unfair. i have never failed and exam and i walked out of that hall knowing i passed my pharma paper. forget that for a second, i helped the students around me untll the examiner threatened to kick me out. rataa is the last thing on my mind, i study with concepts and that paper was beyond concepts or rataa. when you havent been through such event then please keep ur comments to ur self. as a medical students, we know what we give up and no matter how much we RATAALIZE we know that we will be dealing with humans at the end of our career.and about UHS, they have been doing this to us every single year. always giving us question out of course then giving us marks in the end. and no medical students takes his final exam without studying properly. we know its not a joke. and dont for get only the best and hardworking students get into medicine…so dude, dont know what ur studying…but DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!!Recommend

  • hassan jaskani
    Feb 22, 2012 - 8:02PM

    its peoples students federation of pakistan nt pakistan students fedration…dis all messup is due to unbalanced level of examination..


  • Feb 22, 2012 - 10:05PM

    first of all, 2 questions of pharma were out of the course. n the saddest part is that despite being controversial last year, they were repeated this year too. Then, mcqs were totally beyond me. i didn’t even fail my any class test n got supply in pharma


  • Ali S
    Mar 2, 2012 - 11:20PM


    Let me know when you’re in a medical college. Sincerely, a medical student (and I’m not one of these, I’m in Karachi).


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