The Department of Surgery in the College of Health Sciences of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has announced that its students will not write medical examinations this year as practical learning has been disrupted by ongoing strike by junior doctors.
This is contained in an internal memo addressed to medical students, signed by the department’s chairperson Mr David Muchuweti.
Mr. Muchuweti said the academic environment is not conducive to mount credible examinations, and students will be informed as and when conditions will be suitable to hold the said examinations.
“The departmental Board of Surgery has deliberated on the issue of examinations for this year and has made the following resolutions:
“The academic environment is not conducive to mount credible examinations. The department will not be offering any examinations for now.
“The board will inform you as and when conditions will be suitable to hold the said examinations,” reads part of the memo.
Last week, students raised concerns indicating that they were not ready for examinations owing to the on-going industrial action in public health institutions, which made it difficult for them to partake their practicals in public health facilities.