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S. Korea Stops Issuing Visas for Chinese Instructors at Local Institute

S. Korea Stops Issuing Visas for Chinese Instructors at Local Institute

INCHEON, Feb. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea has stopped issuing or extending visas for Chinese language instructors at the local branch of a Chinese non-governmental organization affiliated with its education ministry, sources said Wednesday.  The Ministry of Justice has not issued or extended the one-year E-2 teaching visa for instructors at Confucius Institute in [...]

Student Loans Turning Korean Youth into Credit Delinquents

Student Loans Turning Korean Youth into Credit Delinquents

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea boasts among the world’s highest college entrance and completion rates. In 2014, 45 percent of Koreans aged 25 to 64 had completed tertiary education, ranking sixth amongst OECD countries. The college entrance rate is at about 68 percent.  Of course, education doesn’t come cheap. Average annual tuition [...]

Statistics Show Children’s Education Taking Away Bulk of Disposable Income

Statistics Show Children’s Education Taking Away Bulk of Disposable Income

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The cost of private education for children is heavily eroding what little is left of spendable family income, a challenge to government effort to revive the economy through consumption, statistics indicated Thursday.  Official numbers from Statistics Korea said a city-dwelling family of two people or more on average spent [...]

Korean Language Proficiency Test to Be Administered in 73 Countries

Korean Language Proficiency Test to Be Administered in 73 Countries

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The state-run Korean language proficiency test for foreign students and expatriates is set to be administered in over 70 countries worldwide next year, Seoul’s education ministry said Thursday.  According to the National Institute for International Education, the test’s administrator, the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) will be hosted [...]

Government Expands Deliberation Period for Students Wanting to Drop Out

Government Expands Deliberation Period for Students Wanting to Drop Out

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Education announced Tuesday that it would expand its deliberation policy for students to better prevent young scholars from making an impulsive decision to drop out of school.  In a nutshell, the system is similar to the legal delay process for couples seeking divorce, which has helped [...]

Popularity of Korea’s Child YouTube Creators Soars

Popularity of Korea’s Child YouTube Creators Soars

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The ubiquitous use of smartphones has given rise to a new generation of kindergarten and elementary school children picking up the devices at an early age to discover the world they have yet to see.  This emerging trend has brought about new children’s TV shows that are being introduced [...]