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March 20, 2003

Govt. Backtracks on Daiken Plan

The education ministry said yesterday that it is freezing plans to allow graduates of 16 English-based international schools to bypass the college pre-admission tests. Earlier this month it was announced that graduates who are accredited by three Western education authorities would not have to sit the "daiken", currently compulsory for all graduates of schools not accredited by the School Education Law who wish to apply to third-level institutions. The change did not apply to the many international schools that do not teach in English. One of the main reasons for this was the perceived problem of pro-Pyongyang Korean schools in the current climate of tension between Japan and North Korea. The ministry hopes to finalize the plan by this summer, when most colleges and universities announce their application guidelines.

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