In yet another case of gender discrimination, The Medical University of Tokyo is in hot water after it emerged that officials at the tertiary institution wanted to prevent more women from being accepted as candidates to study further by doctoring and lowering their exam entrance scores.

ABC.net’s Jake Sturmer reports that the medical university wanted to keep the amount of women being accepted at about 30% because of a belief held that women would want to resign or take leave after getting married or giving birth.

What’s worse is that reports also indicate that some officials actually boosted the marks of former graduates’ children in the hopes of garnering donations from them.

The managing director of the University, Tesuo Yukioka has since apologised for the scandal, but it doesn’t appear that they’re in any hurry to fix the mistake, as they’re considering their options which includes the possibility of compensation.  

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A possibility which doesn’t necessarily translate into probability.

If ever there was proof that gender discrimination is still a problem, then this is a prime example of what women have to go through, because patriarchal structures are determined to pigeon-hole women according to certain behaviours that have absolutely no bearing on their intellectual capabilities whatsoever. 

Behaviours that is not even proven to be exhibited by every single woman on the planet.

And behaviours that are based purely on speculation and not science. And even so, women have human rights that entitle them to leave if they do decide they want to take a break. Wanting to take a break does not equate being lazy and not dedicated enough to their jobs.

No man is told that his marks are determined according to “problematic” and stereotyped behaviours that they may not even be guilty of, so why should woman be upheld to this standard?

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