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Spending on private tutoring inches up 1.1% in 2014

South Korea's private education spending per child edged up in 2014 from a year earlier, led by increased expenditures for music, art and physical education, a government survey showed Thursday.  Local parents spent an average of 242,000 won ($220) a month per child on private education ...

Updated : 2015.02.26 10:40

W1tr set to aid poorer kids’ education

The government said Monday it was planning to infuse 963 billion won ($867 million) to assist low-income families with education-related costs.According to the Education Ministry and the Welfare Ministry, low-income families with children attending elementary, middle and high school can ap...

Updated : 2015.02.23 19:48

Absolute grading for English tests may fail to stem cost burden

The government’s policy to reduce English-language education costs by introducing absolute grading for the national college entrance exam may not be as effective as anticipated, a survey has showed. The survey released Monday by Yoon’s English School found that more than 90 percent of pa...

Updated : 2015.02.23 19:47

Personality test plan stirs concern

The Education Ministry’s plan to emphasize personality evaluations in college entrance has sparked confusion in education circles, with the abrupt cancellation of a government briefing on Monday adding to the uncertainty.Less than two hours before the scheduled time, the ministry canceled...

Updated : 2015.02.17 17:13

Korea International School boosts learning in greenhouses

Students at Korea International School are helping solve world hunger. Through innovative greenhouse projects, middle school students at KIS are investigating agricultural technologies that may help p...

Updated : 2015.02.16 19:13

Falling population to shift education landscape

Last month, Icheon Elementary School in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province held a graduation ceremony for only one student. The 13-year-old boy was the sole student to join the school six years ago.It...

Updated : 2015.02.16 19:11

Four colleges banned from accepting new foreign students

Four Korean colleges will be prohibited from receiving new foreign students for a year, the government said Sunday.The Education Ministry said the student or language study visa would not be issued for foreign students seeking to attend Hansei University, Gyeongnam National University of S...

Updated : 2015.02.15 19:26

State tracking less than half of university sex crimes: lawmaker

The Education Ministry is keeping track of sex-related crimes at less than half of universities in Korea, a lawmaker told local media on Sunday.Just 78 universities ― 39 percent of 198 universities here ― have submitted data on sex offenses that occurred on their campuses, Yonhap reporte...

Updated : 2015.02.15 19:25

Seoul promotes teachers’ rights

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education and a national teachers’ group announced plans Thursday to protect teachers’ rights by providing legal assistance and counseling.In response to growing complaints by teachers of abuse by students and their parents, the SMOE said it had earmarked...

Updated : 2015.02.12 19:15

Lack of exercise hurting teenage girls: survey

Severe lack of exercise is having serious repercussions for the health of teenage girls, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education and local teachers’ group said Thursday.According to the SMOE and the Korea Federation of Teachers’ Associations, about 66.8 percent of girls aged 10-19 in Seou...

Updated : 2015.02.12 19:14

Rural schools have trouble attracting students

Schools in rural areas are increasingly finding it difficult to attract new recruits, with declining number of students and parents preferring to educate their children in the cities.Some 120 elementary, middle and high schools across the country will not be holding an entrance ceremony th...

Updated : 2015.02.10 20:00

1 in 5 teachers regret choice of job: report

Over 1 in 5 middle school teachers in Korea regret their choice of profession, a survey showed Tuesday.According to a report by Yang Jung-ho, education professor at Sungkyunkwan University, 20.1 percent of teachers had second thoughts about their profession, the highest among all members o...

Updated : 2015.02.10 20:00

Student loans nearly triple in four years

Student loans from the government rose nearly three-fold from 2010 to 2014 due to tuition increases, a private research institute said Friday.  Outstanding government-funded student loans came to 10.7 trillion won ($9.8 billion) as of the end of last year, 2.9 times higher than 3.7 trill...

Updated : 2015.02.06 13:19

Appeals court dismisses Suneung error lawsuit

Seoul High Court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against the state to nullify the grading for a defective question on the 2013 College Scholastic Ability Test, saying that sufficient action had already been taken following last year’s ruling on the same question.In December 2013, 59 peop...

Updated : 2015.02.04 19:50

Spending on overseas tuition slumps to 9-year low in 2014

The amount of money South Koreans spent on education abroad dropped to the lowest level in nine years, central bank data showed Tuesday, as tepid local economic conditions discouraged people from studying overseas.  Koreans studying abroad spent a total of $3.72 billion in 2014, down 14 ...

Updated : 2015.02.03 10:45