The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has authorized medical schools to admit students who have not been able to take the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT). The NMAT is a standardized and required nationwide exam that aims to improve the selection of applicants for medical schools.
According to the Center for Educational Measurement, some 9,000 individuals had registered for the test, but are unable to do take it due to the postponement of the NMAT. The NMAT examination which was scheduled for March was affected as a result of the global pandemic caused by coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
The NMAT will only be postponed for the 2020-2021 academic year. There are currently 56 higher educational institutions in the Philippines authorized to offer the Doctor of Medicine program.
CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III said the move was decided in an en banc meeting on June 30, 2020, a response to the call of a significant number of students who wanted to begin their studies but were hampered by the postponement of the NMAT.
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