Perplexing move

Subra: No housemanship for medical graduates without minimum entry grades

PETALING JAYA: Those who did not meet the minimum grades required by the Malaysian Medical Council before beginning medical studies may not be accepted as housemen once they graduate.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said they were aware that agents were getting students to sign up to further their studies overseas despite not meeting the minimum grades.

“We are going to do it soon,” he said, when asked when the move would be implemented.

This is a perplexing move by the Ministry of Health (MOH)

  1. Why don’t they just de-recognise the universities for taking in students that do not have the grades?
  2. Would it be just academic grades that are used as a yardstick? Perhaps some universities / medical schools may have other criteria for entry?

The MOH should not penalize the students, just to decongest the current horsemanship dilemma. After all, they did make it through medical school and may have better aptitude than those who scored well. It is unfair to the students who have endured through med school only to be told after graduation that they cannot work as doctors.

Let’s admit that mistakes have been made and rectify them. It is just wrong to bark at medical graduates when the flaws are of those in power. Sadly most pick on the weak while shielding the true forces of destruction.