July 14, 2021 12:42
Applications for a mock university entrance exam in September surged by more than 30,000 compared to last year, prompting suspicions that many are signing up just to become eligible for coronavirus vaccination.
The Education Ministry on Tuesday said 517,234 people signed up for the nationwide mock exam, but an unusually high proportion of 21 percent or 109,192 have already graduated from high school.
Last year, only 78,060 high school graduates signed up.
Due to the dwindling young population, the number of high-schoolers who signed up for the mock test edged down 0.3 percent. But the number of those who have already finished high school surged 40 percent, perhaps prompted by government promises to inoculate mock test candidates rather than a desire to go to university after all.
Im Sung-ho, who runs a private crammer in downtown Seoul, said, "It's very odd. Many of them are probably fake applicants who simply want to be vaccinated."
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