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Tokyo Medical School Busted For Rigging Women’s Tests Admits Rejected Applicants

Nov 8, 2018 by

A Japanese medical school that admitted to systematically rigging its entrance exams to prevent eligible women from enrolling announced it would retroactively admit 67 who had recently been denied their rightful spots, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

A months-long internal investigation into Tokyo Medical University’s admissions processes revealed that the school had been slashing women’s test scores for at least a decade. Meanwhile, some men were given bonus points to boost their scores.

Officials rationalized the practice by claiming that women, trained to become doctors, often quit early in their careers to get married, have children and raise their families. The officials institutionalized the discriminatory system, because they feared these behaviors would eventually lead to a shortage of doctors at the university hospital.

Ultimately, the aim was to artificially reduce women’s enrollment numbers from a high of nearly 40 percent in 2010 to approximately 30 percent in 2018, a goal that was achieved.

According to figures reported by The New York Times, 140 men — 8.8 percent of 1,596 male applicants — were accepted in 2018. Whereas only 30 women — 2.9 percent of 1,018 female applicants — were accepted the same year.

Source: Tokyo Medical School Busted For Rigging Women’s Tests Admits Rejected Applicants | KPBS

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