Universities don’t buy it
Out of nowhere, bargaining is underway regarding college admissions. The Ministry of Education has placed a strange commodity of high school records of which it knows little about on the admissions market. In the beginning, it wanted to raise the weight given to high school academic records to at least 50 percent of the college admission criteria. The buyers ― the universities ― considered this ridiculous and walked away. Some even said the product had changed.
As the product did not sell in the market-place, the Ministry of Education enlisted the support of crooks. Menacing thugs lingered around the market stand, threatening consumers if they refused to buy the product. It transformed into “thug bargaining” enforced by sheer force. However, realizing that if they bought this low-grade product now, they would continue to live oppressed by the tyranny of these immoral sellers, the customers joined forces and exclaimed they would not buy this product even if beaten down. Surprised by scholars they had considered to be feeble and weak, the Ministry of Education concocted a plan to sell the product in a different way. They tried to assuage the customers, but the customers had already walked away. They lowered the price. They coyly suggested 30 percent, but the response was still frigid.
Some people are saying high school records are not something that should have been put on the market in the first place ― they are not something that can be bargained with. Shouts are coming from all over the university admissions market, demanding the Ministry of Education close shop and leave.
The writer is an editorial writer of the JoongAng Ilbo.
By Kim Jong-soo [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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