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Ruling party links state textbook opponents to North Korea

With South Korea plunging deeper into the dispute over state-controlled history lessons, the ruling Saenuri Party on Thursday attempted to throw North Korea into the mix by suggesting that opponents ...

Updated : 2015.10.29 18:31

Textbook spat threatens to take down minister

As President Park Geun-hye’s plan to revive state-authored history textbooks faces hurdles, the ruling Saenuri Party began pressuring Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea to take responsibility for the b...

Updated : 2015.10.27 18:56

‘Secret team’ claims worsen textbook clash

Opposition lawmakers staged an overnight standoff with Education Ministry staff outside the government office that deals with the publication of school history textbooks Sunday, alleging that the sta...

Updated : 2015.10.26 18:59

Textbook feud debates global benchmarks

In emphasizing the necessity for state-led history education, Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea told local university chiefs Tuesday that “countries suffering from social conflict such as Turkey and ...

Updated : 2015.10.22 19:06

Education minister’s comments add fuel to textbook dispute

Controversy over the reintroduction of state-authored history textbooks further escalated Wednesday upon reports that Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea told presidents of universities that the nationw...

Updated : 2015.10.21 18:35

Korea kicks off state history textbook publication process

The South Korean government has initiated the first stage of its plan to publish state-authored history textbooks for secondary education by allocating the budget, officials said Tuesday. The plans ...

Updated : 2015.10.20 18:53

‘Single version of history is against nature of education’

The Education Ministry recently announced that it will take back publishing rights of history textbooks for secondary education in a bid to restore “balanced history education.” But Yang Jung-hyun...

Updated : 2015.10.19 21:06

‘State history textbook will balance history education’

As criticism against the plan to revive state-authored history textbooks mounted over concerns that they will be biased in favor of conservatives, the government said it will rule out “far-right” s...

Updated : 2015.10.19 21:04

Teachers' unions divided over history textbooks

Two teachers' unions were divided Friday on the government's decision to reintroduce a single set of history textbooks for secondary school students. On Monday, the Ministry of Education announced t...

Updated : 2015.10.16 11:48

Challenges only beginning for state history textbook

The government’s path to reclaiming issuing rights for history textbooks from private publishers entails a myriad of tasks, such as procuring the authors and budget and getting the general education...

Updated : 2015.10.14 18:15

President warns against split over history education

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that history lessons should not “lead to division within people over ideological standoff,” in a rebuttal to the opposition’s criticism of the gov...

Updated : 2015.10.13 18:18

[News Focus] Facts and fable behind textbook conundrum

The nationwide dispute over the Education Ministry’s recent decision to reinstate state history textbooks for secondary education hinges on the government and the ruling party’s claim that current ...

Updated : 2015.10.13 18:18

British Council unveils program for English language assessment conference

British Council Korea has announced the program of the third annual New Directions Conference, which will take place at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul on Oct. 15 and 16. New Directions is an an...

Updated : 2015.10.13 16:30

Gov't announces state control over history textbooks

The government Monday announced its plan to reintroduce a single state history textbook for secondary school students to address what it calls the predominantly left-leaning contents in current books...

Updated : 2015.10.12 15:29

English guru helps students foster creativity

With Korean society emphasizing the importance of the “creative economy,” novel and imaginative ideas are becoming more valuable than ever. Professor Min Byoung-chul, professor of international st...

Updated : 2015.10.08 18:52