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FSM scam exposed

Written By : JYOTI PRATIBHA. An investigator hired to look into the Fiji School of Medicine examination paper scandal said corruption was rife in the institution. Investigator Satish Chand said
28 May 2008 12:00

image Written By : JYOTI PRATIBHA. An investigator hired to look into the Fiji School of Medicine examination paper scandal said corruption was rife in the institution.
Investigator Satish Chand said death threats, bribery and hostile students were some of the problems he encountered during his work.
Mr Chand said former FSM dean Professor David Brewster who resigned in January this year was the only person concerned about the matter.
“Professor David’s resignation needs to be queried. This whole matter would have been swept under the carpet if he had not raised it time and again,” he said.
“After he resigned, I was informed to conclude my investigations.”
Professor Brewster was appointed in 2005.
Mr Chand alleged that a number of top senior officers involved in the leaking of examination papers were still employed at FSM.
He told of how rich Indian parents bribed senior officials for examination papers, which had been a common practice since 1994.
“Since then thousands of students have graduated from FSM and their credibility should be questioned,’’ he said.
“There are certain professions that cannot be compromised and I believe the medical profession tops the list.
“I came across such situations which cannot and should not be condoned. I found out that students often drink alcohol and kava with their lecturers and at many times students consumed alcohol to such extent that they collapsed in their dormitories.
“There was also a parent who deposited $2000 into the bank account of the senior lecturer who in exchange provided her daughter with examination papers.”
He urged the Health Ministry to thoroughly investigate all departments of FSM.
Interim Health Minister Doctor Jiko Luveni said she would need to see Mr Chands’s investigation report before she could comment.
“If any law has been breached, we have a disciplinary committee,’’ she said.
“However to be fair, I will need to view the report first. If Mr Chand formally submits the report to me, I can look into the matter.”Mr Chand said during his investigation, he found out that nepotism was rife at the institution.
“Students who did not receive the 280 cut marks to be accepted in FSM either bribed their way in or were related to senior FSM officers,” he said.
“There was this one particular case of this Korean student who had failed English, but she was accepted into FSM.
“To my knowledge, Korea is not even in our region and that automatically disqualifies her and to top that she failed English.” His report also mentioned that two of the students implicated in the scandal were now in private practice.
Police have passed to the DPP Mr Chand’s report




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