The Government Medical Officers’ Association says the country’s education sector must be developed to enable students to achieve the Bachelor of Science degree at the age of 20 and the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the age of 22.
President of the GMOA Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said students need to spend a significant period to become a professional, under the current educational structure.
He added at present the BSc degree is awarded at the age of 24 or 25, and the MBBS at the age of 27, 28 or 29.
He noted the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Health must formulate a stringent programme in this regard promptly.
The GMOA has also presented several recommendations in order to implement the relevant proposal.
Dr. Padeniya said a complete study has been conducted into the matter adding that a request was made for children who commence schooling at the age of five years, to sit for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination in August, when they turn 15.
He added if the exam results are issued within six to seven weeks, children can commence Advanced Level studies next January, when they turn 16 years, and sit for the exam in two years, in December.
Dr. Padeniya said thereafter if results are issued within six to seven weeks and students are accepted to universities within a month, children can enter a university or higher education institute at the age of 18.
He said if so, students will be able to achieve a BSc degree at the age of 20 and the MBBS at the age of 22.