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President Jacob Zuma says government plans to expand medical education in South Africa to accommodate South African foreign-trained medical graduates who want to complete their training at home.
According to the Committee of Medical Deans, there has been a sharp increase in the number of applications by graduates studying in countries such as China, Russia and Turkey who request to complete their studies at home.
“Due to the limited resources and increased demand, the Deans of medical schools have agreed to prioritise the placement of students who have been trained abroad through a formal South African Government-to-Government agreement,” the President said.
He was responding to a written question posed by the DA’s Mergan Chetty in the National Council of Provinces on the challenges of students studying abroad.
“In the past, with small numbers of foreign-trained medical graduates returning, a number of medical schools could manage to support the graduates. However, with the increasing numbers, our medical schools are unable to accommodate all of the returning students.