Unmasking the Mastermind: Cheating Scandal Rocks MDCAT Exam in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Exam Cheating Scandal Exposes Vulnerabilities in Pakistan's Education System

In a shocking revelation that has exposed loop holes in Pakistan’s education system, a cheating scandal has cast a dark cloud over the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The chain of events unfolds as a joint investigation team (JIT) delves into the depths of fraud.

The JIT, assembled by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, has identified the mastermind behind the covert Bluetooth cheating operation. While the JIT has kept the mastermind’s identity under wraps, sources reveal that the individual was an employee of the Public Service Commission and the Federal Public Service Commission, and due to this reason he was removed from his post.

Hailing from the Karak district, This disgraced former government employee used his intimate knowledge of the system’s vulnerabilities to master the art of test hijacking. To carry out his plan, he obtained high-tech Bluetooth devices from China, staying one step ahead of authorities.

His method of working involved tempting MDCAT candidates in academic institutions into the world of cheating. These desperate students, willing to go to great lengths for success, reportedly paid sky-high sums to secure his assistance.

The scandal took a legal turn when the Peshawar High Court (PHC) intervened. The PHC ordered the suspension of MDCAT results in response to petitions from concerned students. This action put the chief secretary, the executive director of the Education Test and Evaluation Agency (ETEA), and the registrar of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council on the defensive, demanding answers to these troubling allegations.

In a bold move, the court prohibited the ETEA from posting official results on its website until they concluded further investigations. Justice Syed Arshad Ali presided over the hearings, underlining the gravity of the situation. The court declared that MDCAT results will remain on hold until the next hearing scheduled for September 21.

The K-P government formed the JIT in response to the parents’ protests and pressure to uncover the truth. This seven-member JIT, led by the IG special branch, aims to delve deep into the scandal’s origins. Representatives from higher education, health, and home departments, intelligence agencies, and Khyber Medical University are on the panel.

K-P Chief Secretary Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry emphasized the importance of integrity against dishonest tactics in the MDCAT. The invigilators caught Candidates red handed using Bluetooth-enabled devices and micro earpieces during the exam, which was shocking. They apprehended over 40 students, causing  their candidature null and void.


The MDCAT cheating scandal in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is a stark reminder of Pakistan’s educational system’s pressing issues. This incident should prompt authorities to boost security and regain trust in these vital exams. The Bluetooth cheating scandal highlights the need for deep reflection on Pakistan’s education system and a dedication to real reform.

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