The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) says it is hoping that an investigation aimed at establishing why so many students failed the recent Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exams will be wrapped up before the end of the year.
The CMSA started the investigation after only 15 of the 46 candidates who wrote the exam passed.
All of the candidates from the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University and University of the Free State failed the exam.
Only candidates from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Stellenbosch University had passed.
“We are concerned about the low pass rate – 44% – but we have instituted an investigation to look at the challenges students faced in the run up to the exams,” said CMSA president Dr Flavia Senkubuge.
She said an