In colleges, they are skeptical of the number of medical certificates produced from college students who do not have 90% of attendance. These are certificates signed by both private and public doctors.
A few cover up to 52 days of absence. Medical certificates are raining in various colleges. These are especially coming from School Certificate (SC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) students who have not reached the 90% attendance required and will, therefore, pay examination fees. A phenomenon observed since the deadline to sign the Undertaking Form New has been extended to October 31 by the Ministry of Education.
“The presented medical certificates are signed by both private and public doctors. In some cases, the dates are cited while in others, the details remain vague,” reveals Soondress Sawmynaden, president of the Association of Rectors. They do not know if they can or cannot accept these documents. “Are there a deadline to accept medical certificates? What are the rules ? We are not aware.”
Still, Soondress Sawmynaden said he is skeptical of certain medical certificates, given the remote periods mentioned on these pieces of paper, or too vague details.
“For example, medical certificates stated that a student suffered from chronic gynecological problems and was therefore absent ‘many days’. Others cite different dates for different diseases,” he argued. That is why, in his opinion, it would be advisable that the MES and the ministry could discuss and take a decision.
But is it normal to issue medical certificates now, while absences date back several months? “The way to do seems a bit odd. We should ensure that medical prescriptions correspond to these dates,” replies Dr. Isshaq Jowahir, vice president of the Private Medical Practioners’ Association (PMPA). By law, he says, a doctor can not backdate a medical certificate. “He should mention the date when the patient came to consult.”
In the case of college students, says Dr. Isshaq Jowahir, exceptions can be made in the case of certificates provided by doctors for chronic diseases.
And what do you think-at the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (MES)? It is up to the presidents to make the decision to accept or not the medical certificates. “The presidents are required to send the list of students who have 90% of attendance and those who do not. MES does not deal with medical certificates,” they argued.