PESHAWAR: Dozens of candidates were arrested on charges of cheating during the medical and dental colleges’ admission test (MDCAT) conducted on Sunday.
At least 10 aspirant doctors were arrested in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) and 43 candidates were taken into custody in Peshawar on the charges of cheating during the test for medical and dental colleges.
Surprisingly, all of the detainees were using bluetooth for alleged cheating in tests. D.I. Khan police claimed that VIP passes were issued to the candidates. A hefty amount was received from each of the students for getting their papers solved, they added.
Meanwhile, 43 candidates — 20 female students — were apprehended for cheating in the MDCAT in Peshawar. Police authorities said that Bluetooth devices were recovered from the candidates during the test. FIRs against the candidates were lodged at police station Sharqi, Faqirabad and Pahari Pura. Later, the police released all the 43 candidates on personal surety.
Tens of thousands of candidates took the MDCAT in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and other major cities across the country.
The question papers and other sensitive examination materials were dispatched to various cities on Friday under tight security arrangements. The examination papers were kept in sealed steel trunks.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief secretary took notice of the matter and directed to cancel the papers of those candidates found involved in cheating via Bluetooth.
The chief secretary directed to trace the government official involved in the illegal means in the test and expose the network working behind it. He also asked the IT Board and higher education department to further improve their test strategy.