A Medical University in Japan is currently facing outrage from the public for allegedly manipulating admission results in order to keep women out of the institution.
The school, Tokyo Medical University, is alleged to have manipulated the test scores of female applicants for years to artificially depress the number of women in the institution’s student body. This has led to public outrage which has also made the university to begin investigation on the matter.
Tokyo Medical University reduced the test scores of women to keep their numbers at about 30 per cent of entering classes, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Thursday.
For the 2018 school year, 1,596 men and 1,018 women applied to the school, with 8.8 per cent of men and 2.9 per cent of women accepted, according to the newspaper.
“This medical school’s practice is very shocking and ridiculous,” said Dr. Takako Tsuda, an anaesthesiologist who is chairwoman of the Japan Joint Association of Medical Professional Women. “This practice should be stopped now.”
Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan’s education minister, ordered an investigation into the school’s admissions procedures over the past six years.
“Discriminating against female students in entrance exams is absolutely unacceptable,” Hayashi told reporters Thursday.
The discrimination began after 2010, when the number of successful female applicants increased sharply, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that school administrators justified the practice out of the belief that women were more likely to drop out of the profession after marriage or childbirth.
TBS, a television network, cited an unnamed former university admissions official as saying the practice was commonplace among medical schools and that administrators did not see anything wrong with it.
A university spokesman declined to comment.
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