The superintendent of the Chinese Military Academy, Lieutenant-General Yang Kuo-chiang (
The decision comes despite the students having apologized and sought the help of a KMT lawmaker.
"A mistake is a mistake. A real man should face his own mistakes bravely, needless to say they were soldiers. This is disgraceful," Yang said. "We handled this case by the rules and there is nothing wrong with expelling them for what they did. As they were expelled, it is impossible for them to return."
Yang made his remarks at a press conference yesterday morning in response to the five students -- Wang Wei-hsin (
Yang said the students' behavior was a disgrace to soldiers.
"I am sorry that we have to let them go. But, except for life, honor is the second-most important thing to a soldier. Once a soldier disgraces himself, he shall be punished or relieved from his post," he said.
According to an academy press release, six senior students -- the five and Lee Kun-lin (
Wang was an intern commanding officer of a brigade, which was a superior position among his fellow students.
On May 15, the academy decided to punish them according to rules requiring that students caught cheating be expelled.
Lee accepted the punishment but the others sought help from lawmakers.
On Wednesday, they arrived at the Legislative Yuan, bowed in front of the camera, said they were sorry for what they did and would like a chance to finish school.
On Wednesday night, they appeared on a TV talk show. But they were unable to answer a question from an 11-year-old child who called in and asked, "Teachers always taught us to be honest for exams. Why do you dare to ask for forgiveness after you cheated?"
At a press conference held by KMT Legislator Kuan Wo-juan (
Students at military academies do not have to pay tuition but they have to serve for at least 10 years after graduation. If they drop out for any reason before they finish school, however, they will have to pay the tuition fees, which for a four-year program total NT$750,000.