CHED authorizes medical schools to admit students sans NMAT 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday, July 1, authorized medical schools to to admit students who have not taken the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) in view of the postponement of exam due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
CHED authorizes medical schools to admit students sans NMAT 2020

CHED said the mandate is specifically for academic year 2020-2021 and admission of students still depends on regular admission requirements of the schools.

The Center for Educational Measurement (CEM) failed to administer the NMAT last March 2020 due to the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and many areas of the country to slow down the spread of dreadful disease.

"The Commission, in its en banc meeting on June 30, 2020, responded to the call of many students who want to pursue their medical education but were not able to take the NMAT which is required for admission for medical school due to the current health crisis," said CHED Chairman Prospero E. De Vera III.

NMAT is a standardized test which aims to improve the selection of applicants who wish to get in to these academic institutions.

Based from the data gathered from the CEM, there are about 9,000 registered applicants to the NMAT 2020.

"With the various HEIs (higher education institution) set to open classes starting August, the CHED decision should settle the concerns of students, parents and HEIs offering medical education," De Vera added.

— The Summit Express

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