GEORGE TOWN: A committee of external experts has been appointed by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to review the examination process for its medical sciences degree.
USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan said the university has established a special committee, comprising external experts, to review the outcomes of the examination system and processes, more specifically in the medical sciences higher education degree that it offers.
"The committee will scrutinise the level of integrity practised in the process and examination system currently conducted for every candidate.
"This committee will comprise experts and professionals in the field, coming from various institutions," he said in a statement.
Dr Faisal said this was in order to uphold their integrity and safeguard the good name of the university.
He said (USM) has established an external committee to ensure the system and process (of examination) is conducted with credibility.
This comes after a postgraduate medical student recently alleged favouritism, bullying and discrimination by some lecturers and professors at the university.
According to a report by news portal Malaysiakini, the student claimed examination questions were leaked to favoured students while other students were often given low grades.
Dr Faisal said this committee was established as a result of a complaint made by a master’s candidate in the USM medical programme, who claimed that there was unfairness in the evaluation system, which led to the candidate failing the examination.
"The university has conducted an internal inquiry on this matter and discovered that the examination system all the while has been conducted in a thorough manner and regulated by strict procedures," he said.
He added that the external committee would provide a report of its findings to the university soon.