SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Starting this October, the city government of Seoul will offer five programs designed to offer high school students who choose not to enter college opportunities for continued education, self-improvement, and future career planning.
The ratio of high school students in Seoul entering college has dropped from 62.8 percent in 2010 to 55.8 percent in 2012. In light of this trend, the city government has worked to increase social awareness and continued support for the growing number of youth that do not enter college.
Since 2011 the government has offered specialized programs for these students during the winter vacation following the Korean SAT, and will be preparing the ‘2014 support plan for non-college-bound students ’ based on various assessments and surveys on the needs and demands of these students to continue support.
Cho Hyun-ok, head of the women and family policy department at the city government of Seoul, said, “The Seoul government will be pioneering efforts to eliminate the social stigma on high school graduates not entering college, and will help these students who opt for other career paths to be more confident and proud of their choice. Students should not blindly pursue college education regardless of their aptitude, but plan their future on their own.”