A Japanese medical school who admitted systematically rigging its entrance tests to prevent eligible women from reporting announced that retroactivity…
A Japanese medical school who admitted systematically rigging its entrance tests to prevent eligible women from reporting announced that retroactivity would recognize 67 recently denied their fair spots, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
A month-long internal survey of Tokyo Medical University’s admissions processes revealed that the school had broken women’s test results for at least a decade. Meanwhile, some men received bonus points to increase their points.
Officials rationalized the practice by claiming that women who are trained to become doctors often end early in their career to marry, have children and raise their families. Officials institutionalized the discriminatory system, as they feared that these behaviors would ultimately lead to a lack of doctors at the university hospital.
In the end, the goal was to artificially reduce women’s enrollment numbers from no more than 40 percent in 201
0 to about 30 percent in 2018, a goal achieved.
According to figures reported by The New York Times 140 men – 8 , 8 percent of 1,596 male applicants – accepted in 2018. Only 30 women – 2.9 percent of 1,018 female applicants – were accepted the same year.
The university has promised to offer stains to 67 of the women denied over the last two years, AP reported. It is unclear how many women accept the school offer, and how their acceptance can increase the number of female enrollment numbers.
University president Yukiko Hayashi, who took over the post after his predecessor’s departure, “refused to comment on what the school should do about dozens of male students who were wrongly awarded additional points and were accepted instead of women,” said the AP.
“We will do fair entrance examinations and never repeat the inappropriate exercise,” she said. “Nobody shall be discriminated against because of gender.”
The school officials apologized when the scandal first became public in August.
Tetsuo Yukioka, University Executive, and Keisuke Miyazawa, Vice President of the University, wondered at a press conference held in response to the investigation earlier this year.
“We betray the public’s trust. We really want to apologize for this,” said Yukioka, quoting Agence France-Presse.
“When I think of the female applicants who could have been accepted but denied, hurt in my heart for them,” said Miyazawa.
The scandal has caused outbreaks throughout the country, which shows Japan’s deep problem of gender discrimination. Even though they have one of the world’s largest economies, women represent a small part of elite education.
Since its prime minister, Shinzo Abe has stressed that women’s opportunities are improved and promised to “make Japan a society in which women are shining,” told Reuters reporter Elaine Lies of NPR.
Abe’s agenda includes creating a path for women to be in 30 percent of the country’s leadership positions by 2020.