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2 professors turned deaf ear to exams’ external critics

By Hiroshi Miyahara / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterIt took Osaka University about six months from the time it was first clearly notified by a third party, until it realized the entrance exams contained an error. Given the impact of this blunder, the university can only be described as lacking a strong sense of responsibility.

When the mistake was pointed out in June and August last year, the case was examined by just two professors — one who was responsible for writing the questions and one who was second in charge. They did not even share information about the situation with others at the university.

Osaka University reportedly does not have a manual or other guidelines stipulating how such a case should be dealt with.

“The moment it was first notified that there might be a problem, the university should have established a review team separate from the team that compiled the questions to look into the matter,” said J.F. Oberlin University Prof. Yoshiro Tanaka, an expert on educational matters. “If the university had dealt with the matter when the mistake was pointed out in June, some of the students might have been able to enter the university from September.”

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