Government’s flip-flopping on med school quota hike confuses students

Medical students at Chungbuk National University hold signs opposing the increase in the number of medical school admission seats in front of the Seoul Central District Court, Monday, before filing for a related injunction against the president of the university. Yonhap

Students preparing for medical school admissions are complaining about the government’s latest decision to allow schools to decrease the size of enrollment expansion by the hundreds, creating confusion for them at a time when the application period for early admissions is now less than five months away.Interest in entering medical schools has been growing since February after the Yoon Suk Yeol administration announced a plan to increase the quota by 2,000 slots from the current 3,058, starting from the 2025 academic year.The government allocated the additional 2,000 admission seats to 32 universities on March 20, signaling its strong will to proceed with the plan, despite protests from doctors.

However, on Friday, the administration allowed universities to adjust their quotas on their own within a range of 50 to 100 percent of the increased quota allocated to them. This decision is expected to decrease the number of new slots by 500 to 1,000.In particular, complaints are being lodged by those who are majoring in different subjects at universities or working in other fields and who recently joined the competition to get into medical schools by retaking the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT). The CSAT is the national college entrance exam that takes place every November in Korea.A 21-year-old second-year college student currently studying natural sciences at one of the nation’s top universities in Seoul said he has been studying for CSAT on top of his academic work, following the government’s announcement to increase the number of medical students.”Taking the CSAT again was a big decision that can change my life. The government’s flip-flopping on the policy made me think that my efforts may have been in vain,” 카지노사이트킹 he said.

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