University officially revokes medical school admission of ex-Minister of Justice’s daughter

Pusan ​​National University President Cha Jeong-in enters a hall to call a general meeting of faculty on Tuesday. (Yonhap)

Pusan ​​National University on Tuesday made the final decision to revoke the 2015 admission of former justice minister Cho Kuk’s daughter to its medical school for using false documents on the application.

The school in the southeastern port city of Busan had tentatively decided in August last year to cancel Cho Min’s admission to its graduate medical school and finalized the decision during a a general faculty meeting on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s decision came after the Supreme Court convicted his mother, Chung Kyung-sim, in January of falsifying a university president’s citation and obtaining a fake internship certificate to use for admission of the girl in medical school.

Chung was sentenced to four years in prison for academic fraud and other charges.

The 2019 scandal involving the family of Cho Kuk, then considered one of President Moon Jae-in’s closest confidants, ended up sharply dividing the nation, prompting massive rallies both in favor and against his nomination as president. post of Minister of Justice.

Cho left office 35 days later.

Cho Min entered Korea University in 2010 and graduated in 2014. She was then admitted to PNU medical school in 2015 and passed the state medical examination in January of the last year.

It is highly likely that Cho Min’s medical license could be revoked following PNU’s decision to revoke his admission. The Ministry of Health has the power to revoke medical licenses.

If Cho Min decides to take legal action against the PNU and the Ministry of Health, she could keep her license until the cases are settled by the Supreme Court, since court injunctions are granted against the measures. (Yonhap)

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