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Sojin denies lying about education

  • Published : Jun 2, 2016 - 17:02
  • Updated : Jun 2, 2016 - 17:02

Girl’s Day member Sojin’s agency denied that she lied about her education in a phone interview with Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.

Dream T Entertainment, the agency of Girl’s Day, confirmed that she entered Yeongnam University in the second round of early decision as a 12th grader.

“Sojin never said whether it was the first round or second round,” said a staff from the agency. “But one thing I’d like to make clear is that she was granted admission to the university in the second round.”

The controversy arose after Sojin appeared as a guest in tvN’s “Problematic Men” and talked about her past as a model student with high grades.

Allegations that she was lying have spread online, with some pointing out discrepancies in the list of colleges that she claims to have been accepted.

In Korea, the first round of early decision -- in which applicants are required to submit documents and take essay tests -- takes place during the first half of the year, while the shortlisted candidates are chosen in the second half. The applicants who do not get admission have to rely on their college entrance exam scores.

Sojin was accepted to prestigious universities in Seoul -- Chung-Ang University and Hanyang University -- in the first round of early decision in 2004. However, she did not join as she had signed a contract with a music label. The label closed down and Sojin could not pursue her career, so she entered Yeongnam University to study mechanical engineering.

Detractors argued that a student was not eligible to reapply for early decision in 2004, in case he or she gave up the entrance once.

Dream T Entertainment's confirmation means she was free to reapply for the university as the second round was separate from the first round.

By Son Ji-hyoung (json@heraldcorp.com)

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