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PHC withholds MDCAT results in KP amid cheating controversy

Several aspirants were caught cheating using high-tech devices
Front facade of the Peshawar High Court — Reuters
Front facade of the Peshawar High Court — Reuters

The Peshawar High Court has withheld the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council from announcing the results of the MDCAT amid the cheating controversy.

PHC’s Justice Arshad Ali conducted the hearing on the petition filed by students in regard to the usage of Bluetooth devices for cheating in the MDCAT.

On September 10, the authorities caught several suspected of cheating by using covert Bluetooth devices as thousands of aspirants appeared in the MDCAT exams.

The court directed the authorities to withhold the results of the test till the next hearing and sought a response from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary, executive director of the Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency, and registrar of the PMDC and adjourned the hearing of the case till September 21.

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According to officials, the Bluetooth device used for cheating had two to three parts. One of them appeared to be in the shape of a pen or a card.

The earplug is hidden inside the ear which is used to communicate with the person outside the hall for cheating. These devices have been developed by a Chinese company for espionage purposes.

Soon after the MDCAT results were announced by PMDC, many social media users took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express their concerns over the results in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for which over 40,000 candidates showed up.

They compared the results of 2023 and 2022 to substantiate their argument pertaining to the high marks apparently secured by students. They claimed that this year at least 110 students got 190 marks out of 200, saying that last year two students were able to have such results.

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