Cancellation screening of Cho Min's admission to university to take more time

Cancellation screening of Cho Min’s admission to university to take more time
Ex-Justice Minister Cho Kuk (Yonhap)Korea University’s cancellation screening of the admission of the ex-justice minister’s daughter is to take more time, as her high school will not provide her school transcript record to the university.

On Monday, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said it ordered the Hanyoung Foreign Language High School to not to submit the transcript of the high school record of ex-Justice Minister Cho Kuk’s daughter, Cho Min, to Korea University.

Though Rep. Hwangbo Seung-hee of the main opposition People Power Party claimed the education office prohibited the high school from submitting the data, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education refuted, saying the decision was based on legal grounds.

The committee under Korea University, formed in August to deliberate on whether to cancel Cho’s admission to the university requested a copy of her school records from her high school.

The high school requested the education office review the case based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which prohibits schools from providing any third party with school records without the consent of the student or student’s parents, except in certain cases.

The education office decided it would be improper for the school to submit the data as Cho Kuk had requested the school not to provide the data, citing the lack of consent from his daughter and that it has been more than five years since the data was used for admission to the university.

“Cho’s case is still on trial at the high court. The education office deems that the high school should correct the record based on the final ruling before submission,” said the education office on Monday.

Meanwhile, Pusan National University, where the younger Cho studied after graduating from Korea University, has decided to nullify its admission of Cho to its medical school in 2015, following her mother’s recent conviction in an academic fraud case related to her unfair admission in August.

By Im Eun-byel (silverstar@heraldcorp.com)

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