Monday, April 09, 2007

Overnight Notoriety

Alamak! The perils of a globalised world. Go to sleep on Friday night thingking all is well and suddenly you see yourself mentioned in the daily of a little red dot down south. Here's the article.Fortunately

Dr Ng Swee Choon, a renowned cardiologist at the Sunway Medical Centre, wrote a damning post on the state of medical education in Malaysia - the politicisation of medical education, the removal of English as the medium of instruction in medical schools as well as the privatisation of medical education. More critically, Dr Ng alleged that there were medical colleges which were started with just one lecturer in each major field or department, with curriculum and facilities 'planned as they go along'.

The post quote was the one here. Written in February last year it was considered said and done. Also, it was one of our few posts to get a link. In the meantime the good Minister of Health came out in the Star on January the 19th this year to state (Article titled "Probe on med colleges"):

PUTRAJAYA: Two private medical colleges are under investigation by the Health Ministry for violating regulations pertaining to training of students in the clinical phase of their studies. 

The colleges are believed to be taking in too many students and not providing adequate training for them, which is vital before they can be full-fledged doctors.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said that, after a six-month-probe, the ministry found the lecturer-student ratio to be 1:20 when ideally it should be one to between six and eight. 

“While Universiti Malaya alone is churning out about 200 students each year, these private colleges, which have been operating less than 10 years and have produced 300 students,” he said.

“We are trying to find out if they have the capacity to absorb so many students and if the quality of the students is up to mark,” he told reporters after a dialogue session with some 400 final year medical students from Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia at the ministry here yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Ismail Merican, who was also at the event, said initial investigations also found that there was no full-time lecturer at the colleges.

We were worried about ONE lecturer per field and now we find there are those with NO LECTURERS.

Unfortunately the Straits Times did not give us any link love...

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1 comment:

Palmdoc said...

Well, it's ncie to be noticed. Blog opinions matter, but sometimes we are taken too seriously

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