Medical schools fail to meet output targets

Medical schools focused on reducing South Africa’s health skills scarcity are not producing enough professionals, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said last Tuesday, reports Sapa.

The government is “very concerned about the throughput rate, to the extent that we have met with the deans of scarce skills faculties”, he said at a meeting with the South African Medical Association. Nzimande said graduate output targets in the human health scarce skills field would not be met by 2014. He said the departments of higher education and health also needed to work together to help improve the numbers.

At the meeting, the medical council said it was concerned that the output of black doctors was not proportionate to the number of first-year black students. The failure rate among black students also tended to be particularly high, the association said.
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