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S. Korea Has Larger Classes, Lower Employment Rates Among College Graduates than OECD Averages

S. Korea Has Larger Classes, Lower Employment Rates Among College Graduates than OECD Averages

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has larger class sizes and lower employment rates among the highly educated than Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) averages, the education ministry said Friday. According to the latest edition of the OECD’s “Education at a Glance,” released by the Ministry of Education, elementary and middle [...]

Gov’t Seeks to Promote Education of Critical Foreign Languages

Gov’t Seeks to Promote Education of Critical Foreign Languages

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has drafted a new mid-term plan to expand the education of 53 foreign languages that are less commonly taught but deemed increasingly important to the nation’s engagement with the world, officials said Sunday. Education, justice, gender and other ministers Wednesday discussed the education ministry’s proposal for the [...]

School Children Return to Classrooms from Summer Vacations in Middle of Raging Pandemic

School Children Return to Classrooms from Summer Vacations in Middle of Raging Pandemic

SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — With summer vacations ending, children started to return to their classrooms under relaxed distancing rules for schools Monday, despite an uncontrolled outbreak of the coronavirus. Last week, the Ministry of Education eased social distancing guidelines in schools for the fall semester. The measure was aimed at running in-person classes [...]

Gov’t to Help Students Catch Up with COVID-19-related Learning Deficit

Gov’t to Help Students Catch Up with COVID-19-related Learning Deficit

SEOUL, July 29 (Korea Bizwire) — More than a third of elementary and secondary school students in South Korea will be provided with opportunities for special supplementary classes to make up for their COVID-19-related learning losses, the government said Thursday. The Ministry of Education said it will spend about 800 billion won (US$698 million) until [...]

Popularity of AI ‘Edutech’ Businesses on the Rise

Popularity of AI ‘Edutech’ Businesses on the Rise

SEOUL, July 26 (Korea Bizwire) — So-called ‘edutech’ businesses that graft new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and big data into the educational space are enjoying rising popularity in South Korea. Kim Mi-kyung, a popular lecturer and dean of online university MKYU, recently joined hands with AI start-up MINDs Lab Inc. [...]

Education Ministry Plans to Use Supplementary Budget to Reduce Classroom Crowding amid Pandemic

Education Ministry Plans to Use Supplementary Budget to Reduce Classroom Crowding amid Pandemic

SEOUL, July 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Education will use a supplementary budget to alleviate classroom crowding in order to bring more students back into school buildings come September amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry’s document has shown. According to the document shared with Yonhap News Agency by Rep. Lee Eun-ju of the [...]

Elite High Schools Retain Status in 10-0 Victory over Education Authorities

Elite High Schools Retain Status in 10-0 Victory over Education Authorities

SEOUL, July 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Elite high schools will be able to keep their status for the time being after the courts ruled 10-0 against the education authorities’ decision to cancel their licenses. On Thursday, Dongsan Christian High School in Ansan, 42 kilometers south of Seoul, became the tenth and last “autonomous private high [...]

Vaccine Program Leads to Rise in Applicants for Mock College Entrance Exam

Vaccine Program Leads to Rise in Applicants for Mock College Entrance Exam

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) — A vaccination program appears to have drawn applicants for a mock test for the college entrance exam, a major education company said Tuesday. According to Jongro Haneul Education Corp., a leading private education institution, a September mock test for the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) attracted nearly eight times [...]