PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday stopped the medical and dental colleges from issuing merit list for admission on the basis of entrance test conducted by the Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA).

A division bench comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim issued the orders on a petition about mismanagement in the ETEA entrance test, misprinting of questions and wrong marking due to which several deserving candidates could not make it to merit list.

On the court orders, professors who checked the papers, executive director ETEA and officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) appeared in the court. The court ordered the Khyber Medical University not to issue merit list for admission to medical and dental colleges till the final decision of the court. The court also ordered rechecking of papers from capable professors of the University of Peshawar.

The court also expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of English professor on the ETEA panel and ordered his removal from the panel and ordered the chief secretary to see the issue of mismanagement in the ETEA.

On the last hearing of the case on Wednesday, the court questioned the ETEA executive director as to why complaints were regularly coming against the ETEA and the test was cancelled thrice due to improper arrangements, paper leaks and bad weather. The court observed that students’ precious time had been wasted due to delay in conducting the entrance test for medical and dental colleges.