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S. Korean Univ. Students’ Alternative School in Kiribati Earns Positive Reception

S. Korean Univ. Students’ Alternative School in Kiribati Earns Positive Reception

SEOUL, April 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean university students are helping to foster the dreams and hopes of youth in Kiribati, an island republic in the Pacific that lies at risk of being submerged due to rising sea levels. Global outreach NGO IYF (International Youth Fellowship) said yesterday that it had opened on alternative [...]

Less than Half of S. Korean Parents Satisfied with Quality of Teaching at Children’s School

Less than Half of S. Korean Parents Satisfied with Quality of Teaching at Children’s School

SEOUL, April 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Less than half of parents in South Korea are pleased with the quality of teaching their children are getting from school, the lowest among the countries surveyed, an international poll showed Tuesday. Forty-three percent of 1,000 respondents with kids aged 4-18 said they find the education provided to their [...]

Students and Property Rental Businesses Clash Over Prices

Students and Property Rental Businesses Clash Over Prices

JECHEON, April 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Students at Semyung University in Jecheon are raising their voices in protest at what they perceive to be exorbitantly priced housing options near the university. Already burdened with costly tuition fees, the continually climbing rent has students accusing property rental businesses of taking advantage of the high demand for [...]

“The Selfish Gene” Most Lent Out Science Book by Public Libraries

“The Selfish Gene” Most Lent Out Science Book by Public Libraries

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) — English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ influential book “The Selfish Gene” is the most borrowed scientific literature from South Korean public libraries, with “Sapiens” by Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari ranking third. South Korean KAIST professor Chung Jae-seung’s edited and re-released edition of “Science Concert” was the second most sought [...]

Average Marks for Korean Language Test Highest Among Thai College Exam’s 2nd Foreign Language Tests

Average Marks for Korean Language Test Highest Among Thai College Exam’s 2nd Foreign Language Tests

BANGKOK, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) - The average marks for the Korean language test were the highest among those for seven foreign languages, including Japanese and Chinese, in this year’s Thai college exam, the Korean Education Center said Thursday. In the exam, known as the Professional and Academic Aptitude Test and conducted by the National Institute of Educational Testing Service in February, the average score of the 4,087 students who [...]

More Graduates Than Ever Enter Technical Colleges in South Korea

More Graduates Than Ever Enter Technical Colleges in South Korea

SEOUL, Apr. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of university graduates who entered technical colleges in South Korea surpassed 1,500 this year, the highest figure to date. A total of 162,290 students entered the 136 technical colleges located across the country, with the average acceptance rate being just below 12 percent, according to the Korean Council [...]

Seoul Promises More Native English Speaker Teachers for Elementary Schools

Seoul Promises More Native English Speaker Teachers for Elementary Schools

SEOUL, April 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Over the next five years, Seoul’s Office of Education will spend approximately 145 billion won to boost English instruction at city-funded public schools, a spokesperson announced yesterday. In a country that prizes education, the demand for learning English is strong, evidenced by the 5.4 trillion won spent on private [...]

Korean American Students Move Major US Educational Publisher

Korean American Students Move Major US Educational Publisher

SEOUL, April 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Inspired by Korean American students’ efforts, one of the major American education publishers McGraw-Hill says it will consider adding more Korean culture and history to social studies textbooks used in in both primary and secondary education. In a letter from McGraw-Hill released by U.S.-based Korean interest group Echo-Korea, the publisher [...]