A group of students on behalf of second-time admission seekers are demanding the government withdraw the decision of cutting 5 marks from their entrance exam score in the admissions process for medical and dental colleges.
The second-time admission seekers and their guardians demanded the withdrawal of the decision organising a human chain in front of the Jatiyo Press Club. Similar programmes were observed across the country by locally affected students.
The decision to adjust their marks had come from a meeting related to the admission for MBBS and BDS courses for the 2017-18 session with health and family planning minister Mohammad Nasim in the chair at the Secretariat on June 3.
The decision said that the merit list of the second-time admission seekers in medical and dental colleges will be made cutting five marks from their total marks from the 2017-18 academic session.
It was also decided that the BDS course will be made for five years from the next academic session while 7.5 marks will be cut from the second time admission seekers for government colleges.
"We cannot concentrate on the studies from the irrational decision from the government. Generally, the medical test is very competitive. This decision will kick us out from the test easily," the second-time admission seekers said.
They also said the decision is not meritocratic either. With the level of competition they must put up with, the five marks could prove crucial to their chances.
Guardians accompanying the students noted that in India students are allowed to sit for the medical exam six times.