Backwards in high heels isn't enough
August 2, 2018 6:21 PM Subscribe
Medical university rigged exams against women:
Informed sources say Tokyo Medical University has for years rigged entrance exams to limit its intake of women students, slashing their scores by well over 10 percent across-the-board.
...The sources say the university reduced scores from the paper test results of all women before they went on to sit for a final test. The reduction rate differed from year to year, sometimes reaching more than 10 percent.According to the BBC:
The sources say the practice was triggered by 2010 entrance exams when the university found out that women accounted for nearly 40 percent of successful applicants.
Yomiuri Shimbun, which is the country's biggest daily newspaper, published the report examining student admission numbers on Thursday, sparking the complaints.Asahi Shimbun:
It quotes an unnamed source 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.
"Many female students who graduate end up leaving the actual medical practice to give birth and raise children," the source told the newspaper.
An education ministry official in charge of the matter said universities are allowed to adjust the gender ratio as long as they clearly state such quotas when announcing plans for accepting new students.From Wikipedia's Women in Japan article:
But since Tokyo Medical University made no such announcement, its adjustments were a problem, the official said.
...in 2003, the Japanese government set a goal to have 30% of senior government roles filled by women. In 2015, only 3.5% were; the government has since slashed the 2020 goal to 7%, and set a private industry goal to 15%.⁽³⁰⁾
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