A medical university in Japan has apologized for altering examination scores to reduce the number of intake of female students.
An internal inquiry revealed that the Tokyo Medical University, TMU, had been falsifying the scores of female applicants from as early as 2006.
It also cut down the scores of male applicants who had taken the entrance examination at least four times.
The managing director of TMU, Tetsuo Yukioka, at a press conference on Tuesday, said: “We betrayed the public trust. We want to sincerely apologize for this.”
The vice-president of TMU, Keisuke Miyazawa, also vowed that the entrance exams for next year would be fair.
The university also admitted to adding extra points to the scores of 19 students who had made donations to the school.
The story about the institutions misconducts was first reported last week by Japan’s biggest daily newspaper and has since triggered a nation-wide outrage.
A report had quoted an unidentified source as saying officials adopted a “silent understanding” to reduce the number of female entrants over concerns female graduates were not going on to practice medicine in employment.
The source told the newspaper, “Many female students who graduate end up leaving the actual medical practice to give birth and raise children.”
In 2010, before the measure was allegedly introduced, female student participation was about 40%.
The newspaper reported that after the two-round application process earlier this year, only 30 female applicants were accepted to study, versus 141 men.
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