- Mar 26, 2010
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news/row-as-surgeon-students-from-five-universities-fail-exam-33650499Johannesburg - An investigation will be launched to look into whether there was nothing irregular in the common final examination that has been “shockingly” failed by all would-be surgeons from five universities.
All candidates from Wits University, University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University and University of the Free State who received their Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exam results a week ago failed.
The FCS exams are administered by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), which ensures that universities produce quality medical graduates.
Only candidates from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) and Stellenbosch University (SU) passed the exams.
Out of 46 candidates from eight universities that wrote the FCS, only 15 passed. The 10 candidates from UKZN all passed and so did the two from SMU, while three from SU obtained the pass mark.
The 31 failed candidates won’t be invited to the oral exam to be held between 14 and 18 October. This is the ultimate step to becoming a professional surgeon.
“We remain shocked at this particular result and very concerned about it,” Dr Flavia Senkubuge, president of the CMSA told The Star yesterday.
“We usually have round about 80% and above pass rate for the college of surgery for the written examination. This time around we had a 44% pass rate,” Senkubuge said.
She revealed an internal moderation found the results to be correct. An external moderation was now being done by international surgery experts.
“What we’re going to institute is a full investigation into the exams. The idea of the full investigation is not just to look at an exam itself. It’s to look at things much broader.”
But the probe plans have preceded by a row that has included allegations of question paper leaks, racism and that the FCS was structurally flawed.