The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has withdrawn a student of the Department of Medicine and Surgery for scoring 49.6% instead of 50% in a final year course after studying 10 years for a 6 years course.
A medical doctor known as Dr. Penking on Twitter who became aware of the incident took to his handle to narrate the story of the UNICAL medical student known as Utibe Ebong Akpan.
According to him, Utibe joined the University of Calabar in 2010 to study Medicine and struggled all the way for 10 years instead of 6 years only for him to be withdrawn in his final year for missing just 0.4% in a single course.
The story goes thus: “Utibe Ebong Akpan has been a student of Department of Medicine & Surgery,University of Calabar since 2010, over 10 years for a 6 year course due to certain academic challenges. He managed to struggle and make it to Final year.
“In the final MBBS result released yesterday (July 7, 2021), he passed all the courses except Community Medicine which he scored 49.6. hat is 0.4 marks away from the pass mark which is 50. Guess what? He has been withdrawn from the program because of this. Over 10 years of labour, flushed down the drain because of 0.4 marks.
“Where do you want him to go to? Where do you want him to start from? Medical Training in Nigeria needs a total overhaul. I can’t count the number of colleagues of mine who were dropped along the way because they were supposedly not good enough but because they had rich parents, they were immediately sponsored to China, Belarus and the Caribbean to start over.
“Today some of them have started residency in Harvard already. This shows that they were not bad after all. The system and the standard used to judge them was. There needs to be a review.
“The big question is: Would Utibe Ebong Akpan have been treated in the same cruel manner if his uncle were the Provost of the College, the Dean of the faculty or the Vice chancellor of the university?
“When elders in Nigeria Medical colleges especially in UNICAL make decisions about the future of people’s children, they should remember that one day, they will be old and frail and other people will make decisions about the future of their own children.
“For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal. 6:7 – “And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you.” Matt. 7:2″ [END]
– Nigerians Reacts –
Many Nigerians took to the comment section to express their opinions and share their experience about the sad scenario.
Obese Doctor wrote: “I spoke to Utibe today.. He is devastated and doesn’t even know what to do anymore… It’s painful and sad
Onelum worte: “You’re very correct. A funny case happened during our time in medical school. The son of a prominent politician was in our class. This guy didn’t pass but the HOD had to make sure he passed. So they upgraded his result along with others above him.
Sogie wrote: “This is a poor attempt to maintain a so called standard dat doesn’t make any sense..dis happens in most unis in d country….wen dat same student travels out of d shores of dis country they tend to do very well…..does it mean dat our standards are better than theirs ova there??
Gilbert Abigail wrote: “You see UNICAL ehnn. What they put their medical students through. I just thank God I’m done with them.
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