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Korean Adults’ Participation in Lifelong Education Programs Plummets Due to Pandemic

Korean Adults’ Participation in Lifelong Education Programs Plummets Due to Pandemic

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of South Korean adults who participated in lifelong education programs run by educational facilities such as schools, universities, for-profit private academies and lifelong education centers declined last year, primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a survey conducted jointly by the Ministry of [...]

Voluntary Retirement for Teachers on Rise amid Pandemic

Voluntary Retirement for Teachers on Rise amid Pandemic

SUWON, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The protracted COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a major change in teaching methods, leading to an increase in the number of teachers applying for voluntary retirement. According to the Gyeonggi Province Office of Education, the number of teaching faculty (teachers, vice principals and principals) at the public schools within [...]

Seoul to Pay 200,000-won Subsidy to First Graders

Seoul to Pay 200,000-won Subsidy to First Graders

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Each new elementary school student in Seoul will be given a one-off allowance of 200,000 won (US$167) beginning this year, its education chief said Wednesday. The allowance, formally named “school admission preparation subsidy,” will be first paid to about 69,800 first graders in the capital this year, Cho Hee-yeon, [...]

Employment Rate of College, Grad School Graduates Falls to Record Low Last Year

Employment Rate of College, Grad School Graduates Falls to Record Low Last Year

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The employment rate of students with bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees fell to a record low last year as the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a severe blow to job markets, government statistics showed Monday. Their employment rate stood at 65.1 percent last year, the lowest since the education ministry started [...]

High Schoolers Opt for School Qualification Exam as Remote Learning Continues with COVID-19

High Schoolers Opt for School Qualification Exam as Remote Learning Continues with COVID-19

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, high schoolers in their second year of remote schooling are considering dropping out of school to opt for a general equivalency diploma. The introduction of remote schooling has led to a deteriorating sense of concentration among students and limited engagement with [...]

Schools in Capital Area to Turn Back to Partial E-learning amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

Schools in Capital Area to Turn Back to Partial E-learning amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Schools in the greater Seoul area will roll back their full in-person classes and go back to partial e-learning starting next week in line with the country’s tightened anti-COVID-19 curbs, the education ministry announced Thursday. Under its restored e-learning scheme, middle and high schools in the greater capital area [...]