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Bahrain flags news rules for medical graduates

Forms part of the kingdom’s proposal for the GCC to unify medical qualifications across the six members states

Bahrain flags news rules for medical graduates
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Bahrain has flagged tough new rules for medical qualifications with an expert panel to be set up to monitor assessments and strengthen the quality of graduates, it was reported.

Part of the kingdom’s proposal for the GCC to unify medical qualifications across the six members states, Bahrain media said discussions focused on a drop in achievements among graduates, particularly those with low GCSE scores.

The committee recommended that medical graduates with GCSE scores of less than 90 percent should not have their degrees assessed, effective from April 10, Gulf Daily News reported.

It also reportedly urged better monitoring of students’ attendance, including that students produce proof they attended class, the newspaper reported.

The committee said degrees issued by universities which offered part-time education would no longer be recognised, Gulf Daily News reported.

The committee discussed a request by the GCC General Secretariat to study Bahrain’s recommendations for rules on long-distance learning, with a recommendation to reconsider the Unesco Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education.

It said medical graduates had to produce evidence they had successfully completed their required residency period in a government or university hospital before their final assessment.

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