April 06, 2022 12:47
Pusan National University on Tuesday made a final decision to revoke the 2015 admission of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's daughter Cho Min to its medical school because her parents doctored her credentials.
The university already announced the preliminary decision last August.
On Tuesday it pointed out that its admission regulations stipulate that applicants cannot be admitted if their documentation is false, and it can be canceled even decades after graduation if fraud is discovered.
But Cho Min has already graduated and gained her medical license, serving her internship in a public hospital, so it is now up to the Ministry of Health and Welfare whether to annul it. Medical licenses can be annulled if holders have either failed to get a medical degree or have it revoked, whichever technicality applies in this case.
Cho Kuk said on Facebook that he has filed for an injunction against the university's decision. "It is too harsh a punishment to revoke the admission and consequently annul her medical license when the work experience the school claimed forged did not play a substantial role at all in the school's decision to admit her," he insisted.
The Chos padded their daughter's work experience with phony internships and research projects at Seoul National University, where Cho Kuk was a professor at the time, and elsewhere.
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