Hundreds of education college students in Seoul on Friday protested a government plan to sharply reduce the recruitment of new elementary school teachers next year.
The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said the previous day the teacher hiring will be cut by 88 percent because of decreases in the number of students and retiring teachers.
Nationwide, new teacher positions in primary schools will decline by 40.2 percent next year, according to the education ministry.
"It's preposterous. The positions will be axed to 12 percent of this year's. It's even less than one-third of our prospective graduates at the university," a representative of students from the Seoul National University of Education said during a rally in front of the Seoul education office. Some 700 students took part in the protest.