Secretary of Higher Education Aneela Mahfooz Durrani has busted a cheating scheme in the MDCAT (Medical College Admission Test) examination in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The operation resulted in the apprehension of numerous students attempting to use covert Bluetooth devices for cheating.
The cheating scheme was uncovered after the Chief Secretary of KP received a tip-off that a group of people were planning to manipulate the entrance test. The group was allegedly using hidden Bluetooth devices to transmit answers to students who had paid them for an unfair advantage.
Secretary Durrani immediately ordered an investigation into the matter. The investigation was led by the Executive Director of the Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA), Imtiaz Ayub. Ayub’s team implemented enhanced security checks at the entrance to examination halls and during the exam, staff monitored and detected the illicit use of Bluetooth devices by dishonest students.
In total, more than 20 students were caught cheating during the MDCAT. They have all been disqualified from the exam and face further disciplinary action.
Secretary Durrani has emphasized that maintaining transparency in the MDCAT is a top priority. She said that securing admission to medical colleges should remain a privilege for eligible and deserving students. Those who attempt to undermine the merit-based system will face strict consequences, she warned.
This is a major victory in the fight against cheating in the MDCAT. It sends a strong message that those who attempt to cheat will be caught and punished. It also reaffirms the commitment of the KP government to ensuring that the MDCAT is a fair and transparent process.