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Government Pushes for Online Classes – Are Schools Ready?

Government Pushes for Online Classes – Are Schools Ready?

SEOUL, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Education said Wednesday it is considering introducing online classes nationwide, if the ongoing spread of the coronavirus outbreak shows little sign of letting up or students and faculty members get infected. However, the education community is voicing concern that local school sites do not appropriate systems [...]

Gov’t Mulls Postponing Opening of Schools Again Until Early April

Gov’t Mulls Postponing Opening of Schools Again Until Early April

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is considering postponing the repeatedly delayed opening of schools by one or two more weeks until early next month as a precaution against the new coronavirus, government sources said Sunday. Kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools across the country are currently scheduled to reopen March 23, as [...]

Students’ Private Education Spending Surges to 10-year High in 2019

Students’ Private Education Spending Surges to 10-year High in 2019

SEOUL, March 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Young South Korean students’ spending on private education spiked to a 10-year high in 2019, data from the Ministry of Education and Statistics Korea showed Tuesday, reflecting undiminished parental enthusiasm for their children’s academic achievements. Elementary, middle and high school students spent 20.99 trillion won (US$17.6 billion) on private [...]

Students Call on Universities to Refund Tuition or Postpone First Day of Classes

Students Call on Universities to Refund Tuition or Postpone First Day of Classes

SEOUL, March 3 (Korea Bizwire) — While most universities have decided to postpone the start of the school year to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, 8 out of 10 college students think that tuition fees should be partially refunded, according to a survey. The National University Student Council Network, a network of 27 [...]

Schools Again Delay New Semester to Reduce Virus Infections

Schools Again Delay New Semester to Reduce Virus Infections

SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The government Monday instructed all kindergartens and elementary and secondary schools nationwide to again postpone the start of the spring semester, by two weeks, to protect students from the coronavirus outbreak as the number of underage patients has topped 200. Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hae announced the second postponement [...]

Universities in Seoul Shift to Online Classes Amid Virus Fears

Universities in Seoul Shift to Online Classes Amid Virus Fears

SEOUL, Feb. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — More universities in Seoul are seeking to replace in-person classes with online lectures due to fears over coronavirus infection. South Korean universities have postponed the start of the spring semester, scheduled for next Monday, by two weeks under the recommendation of the Ministry of Education. With the COVID-19 crisis [...]