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Students with outstanding talent in mathematics and physics equivalent to a high school graduate level or more will be allowed to skip their last year in high school to enter college at the age of 17, the Education Ministry said July 30.

To introduce the new system in the next school year, the ministry is to revise a School Education Law provision concerning university entrance qualifications. The ministry said it took the step in accordance with a proposal last month by the Central Education Council, an advisory panel to the education minister, and to respect individual students’ abilities.

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