MEDICAL students from the University of Zambia (UNZA) are up in arms against Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ), registrar professor Fastone Goma.
The esteemed medic’s crime was to suggest that Apex Medical University students were much more hardworking, focused and confident than their UNZA counterparts.
“For UNZA [medical] students, there’s a lot of laziness creeping in [as] most of them
are dragged to the wards and can hardly be there while as Apex students have been very keen on learning”.
Professor Goma made these remarks during the Resident Doctors Association of Zambia, 2023 Scientific Conference & Annual General Meeting.
“The examiners (of the previous LEX (licensure exams) were particularly happy with APEX students, who were more confident and proficient than UNZA students,” Professor Goma revealed.
He added that medicine in Zambia was a personal effort, stating that no one institution trains students well but every student can be well trained.
But Professor Goma’s observations have not sat well with UNZA medical students.
In a statement reacting to the professor’s remarks, University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) vice-president at Ridgeway Campus Olivia Siangilichi said the remarks had the potential of tarnishing the reputation of the school and students.
Siangilichi said the registrar based his statement on information gathered
through “gossip” and rumour mongers” and challenged him to provide evidence.
“Such an irresponsible statement has the potential to downgrade the national and international ratings of the university at large and may highly decrease the confidence of patients and would-be employers of UNZA students and graduates, while directly advertising for APEX students, a private institution,” Siangilichi said in a statement.
Siangilichi further accused professor Goma of being biased towards as the questioned if he had any personal interest invested in the private institution he was praising.
“The University of Zambia Students Union and the whole nation at large demands that professor Goma retracts his statement and apologises to Medical Students at UNZA,” Siangilichi said.
“The HPCZ Registrar must acknowledge the error of publicly stating information based on speculations, without any factual data or realisation of the potential to negatively impact the well being and profession of the students, UNZA graduates and the reputation of the University of Zambia(UNZA).”
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By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba May 15, 2023