The Doctor’s Association UK (DAUK) has stepped in to represent the students following a string of complaints to the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO) over the way they handled the virtual exams.
The UKFPO exam in December was being sat by students across the country using the Pearson Vue system – a secure online testing programme.
The complaints include one student who claims they were disqualified for going to the toilet, despite trying to contact the exam invigilator multiple times without hearing back. While other students claim they were forced to ‘urinate’ in their seats in order to avoid being disqualified.
On behalf of the DAUK, Medical Student Representatives Freya Rhodes and Anna Sigston have written a letter to the UKFPO and Pearson Vue outlining the concerns of many students, asking for both organisations to respond to the complaints.
Dr Mike Masding, Co-Chair UKFPO & Lead HEE Foundation School Director responded that: ‘Out of 8000 UKFPO applicants a small number (less than 0.25% of the Cohort) were disqualified by the testing invigilator for prohibited actions.
‘We are working with individual applicants whose tests were discontinued and where appropriate will offer the option to re-book.
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