SEOUL, 25 Jan. (Yonhap) — The wife of leading opposition presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol provided false information about her academic and professional background in a job application sent to a local university in 2014, a said Tuesday the Ministry of Education following an investigation. .
Kim Keon-hee, the wife of the conservative People’s Power Party candidate, was accused of exaggerating her credentials on several resumes, including one for a teaching job at Kookmin University, which she eventually got .
The Ministry of Education launched an investigation into the university in November to examine the circumstances surrounding her hiring as an adjunct professor, her graduation from the university’s Graduate School of Technological Design and the the university’s acquisition of shares in Deutsch Motors Inc., a local BMW car dealership suspected of having ties to Kim.
Announcing the results of the investigation, the ministry said the university failed to notice errors in Kim’s application, such as the exact title of the master’s degree she earned at another university and the titles education she held in another institution.
The ministry revealed irregularities in the university’s assessment of his doctoral dissertation, which it said was supposed to be done by at least an assistant professor, but was instead done by a lower-level instructor, among others .
The ministry asked the university to verify Kim’s academic and professional background as indicated on her CV and to take necessary action in accordance with its hiring rules, which include canceling an appointment in the event of discovery of misrepresentations during the hiring process.
It also plans to demand warnings against 13 university professors and staff for irregularities in hiring and dissertation evaluation, and issue a separate warning to the university itself.
The ministry said it deemed the university’s purchase and disposal of Deutsch Motors stock improper and would seek disciplinary action against its executives and a police investigation into the transactions.