ACC probes exam 'cheating'

There is preliminary evidence that some medical graduates had gained access to the question paper prior to the 27 September examination.

23 October 2019 | Health

The Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA) has roped in the services of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate allegations that cheating had rocked the board examination for foreign-trained doctors held in September.

HPCNA CEO Cornelius Weyulu, in a letter seen by Namibian Sun, told medical graduates there was preliminary evidence that some graduates had gained access to the question paper prior to the 27 September examination.

“The executive committee of the Medical and Dental Council discussed the matter and resolved to withhold the results of all medical graduates who sat for the evaluation on the 27th of September 2019 and to report the matter to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation,” Weyulu told the graduates.

“The matter has since been reported to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and investigations have ensued. The results are therefore withheld until the investigations are completed.”

Last year only two out of 240 foreign-trained medical and dental graduates who sat for the Medical and Dental Council's board examinations in November passed the first part of the examination, New Era reported. The medical students were trained in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, China, Cuba and Algeria. In order to do internships, graduates have to pass the written and oral examinations that are mandatory and statutory.

A marathon court case ensued afterwards.

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