One lost approval
Staff Correspondent: Activities of five medical colleges have been suspended and approval of one medical college has been revoked for not conducting quality education as per law and policy.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque came up with the information at parliament yesterday in reply to a tabled question from Jatiya Party MP Moshiur Rahman Ranga.
The minister said that there are currently 76 private medical colleges including five run by the army in the country.
The suspended private medical colleges are Nightingale Medical College, Ashulia, Dhaka (50 seats), Northern International Medical College, Dhaka (75 seats), Northern Private Medical College, Rangpur (80 seats), and Shah Makhdoom Medical College, Rajshahi (50 seats).
However, the minister said that the approval of Care Medical College has beencancelled.
It is alarming to learn that most private medical colleges in the country are running without sufficient number of teachers, let alone experienced teachers, and without the necessary infrastructure.
According to sources, there is little scope for students to acquire practical knowledge in these colleges as a negligible number of patients visit these hospitals. Generally, 80 percent of medical education should be provided to students through practical classes-the rest is theoretical knowledge. But in some private medical colleges, students do not get to see patients even in their fourth year. The result is low pass rate in final exams. According to government estimates, in the last 10 years, only half the students who were admitted to private medical colleges passed the final exams. For a college which enrolls 50 students, it should have at least 177 teachers as suggested by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC)-but this is not maintained in most of the colleges. How can we expect well trained doctors coming out of these colleges under such resource constraints?
Under these circumstances, the government should focus on quality rather than quantity. The government should ensure that the existing medical colleges have sufficient number of good teachers and hospital facilities with an adequate number of beds. Only that can ensure quality medical education.
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