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S. Korea to Turn Key Elite Schools into General Ones by 2025

S. Korea to Turn Key Elite Schools into General Ones by 2025

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Thursday announced a plan to transform three categories of elite high schools into general schools by 2025 to promote fairness in education and improve overall public education. The education ministry said autonomous private, foreign language and international high schools will be deprived of their status of [...]

Employment Rate for Korean Moms Remains Low, Despite High Enrollment in Kindergarten Programs

Employment Rate for Korean Moms Remains Low, Despite High Enrollment in Kindergarten Programs

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Countries are expanding social childcare and education systems in attempt to eliminate career breaks for women caused by childbirth and childcare. Unlike in major developed countries, however, the employment rate of women and kindergarten enrollment of children in South Korea is not directly proportional. According to an analysis released [...]

Education Ministry Presses on with VR Content Despite Safety Concerns

Education Ministry Presses on with VR Content Despite Safety Concerns

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The distribution of virtual reality (VR) textbooks for elementary school students, an initiative developed by the Ministry of Education, is being hindered by restrictions that ban children from using VR headsets. According to the guidelines set by the government, VR is defined as recreational content for school curricula that [...]

Business Administration Most Popular University Major in S. Korea

Business Administration Most Popular University Major in S. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Business administration appears to be the most popular and common major for South Korean university students, with domestic universities having more than 800 departments of business administration, a report said Saturday. According to the report by the Korean Educational Development Institute, four-year universities in South Korea had a total [...]

Owners of Fierce Dogs Will Pay Fines if Compulsory Education Not Completed

Owners of Fierce Dogs Will Pay Fines if Compulsory Education Not Completed

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — For public safety, the government will limit the length of dog leashes when taking a walk to 2 meters and make education mandatory for the owners of so-called “fierce dogs.” The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced Tuesday a revision to the Enforcement Rules of the Animal [...]

Education Office Holds ‘Career Design Camp’ for N. Korean Defectors

Education Office Holds ‘Career Design Camp’ for N. Korean Defectors

SUWON, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — How different is life for North Korean students, who risked their lives to cross the border, compared to their South Korean counterparts? Twenty-one middle and high school students in Gyeonggi Province, each with their own stories, participated in a Career Design Camp that took place in Gwangju for three [...]

Schools to Provide Space for Students to Create YouTube Content and Webtoons

Schools to Provide Space for Students to Create YouTube Content and Webtoons

SEOUL, Jul. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Schools will implement a plan that allocates a space for students to create and display their YouTube content or webtoons. The Ministry of Education on Sunday announced a plan to internalize school media education and strengthen related education support for aspiring content creators such as YouTubers and Webtoon writers. [...]

Schools Still Teaching Students That Abortion is Illegal, Despite Landmark Court Ruling

Schools Still Teaching Students That Abortion is Illegal, Despite Landmark Court Ruling

SEOUL, Jun. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Two months have passed since the ban on abortion was ruled as unconstitutional, but high school classes still teach students that abortion is illegal. Some have voiced criticism, saying that schools should inform students of the Constitutional Court’s recent decision, as teaching them that abortion is illegal is at [...]

Middle School Students Lack Proper Sex Education

Middle School Students Lack Proper Sex Education

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean middle school students think they know a lot about sex. But in reality, they’re lacking when it comes to sex-related knowledge. According to a survey conducted by the Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI), middle school students who reported that they know an ample amount of sex knowledge accounted [...]

Young N. Korean Defectors Aim High by Studying English

Young N. Korean Defectors Aim High by Studying English

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) — On a recent Friday morning, a small number of mostly teenaged students trained their eyes on their American teacher, repeating short English sentences after her and raising their hands from time to time to ask questions. At a glance, they look no different from ordinary students in South Korea, [...]