10:23 am - 01/21/2013

Education Ministry Aims to Make High School Education Free

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The education ministry will aim to make high school education free for everyone by 2017
as part of efforts to implement President-elect Park Geun-hye's campaign pledges on education policy, officials said Tuesday.

Officials from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology reported the plan to the presidential transition committee during a policy briefing earlier in the day, saying that it would expand the current program that provides free education only to students in vocational schools or from low-income families.

These groups account for about a third of all high schoolers.

If realized, the plan will help ensure all children aged 3-17 receive free childcare and education before the end of Park's administration. The outgoing government is pushing to provide free childcare services to all children aged 3 to 5.

On Park's pledge to halve the burden of college tuition fees, the ministry said it expects to be able to give scholarships to all students in the bottom 30 percent income bracket within this year, a year ahead of schedule.

Ministry officials also reported plans to implement Park's pledge to exempt middle school students from taking exams for one semester during which they will be able to explore possible career paths.

Based on Park's pledge to launch a new ministry overseeing the science and technology industry, the officials said they plan to increase investment in scientific research and development to 5 percent of gross domestic product. 

Yonhap News via Korean Heral
921227 21st-Jan-2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
That all sounds great. But it's really odd that it isn't free to begin with. In the US- public school education through high school is free and I only knew you had to pay for materials, not exactly attendance. Which is kind of shitty when you think about it because high school is....mandatory I'm assuming?
fabledlamb 21st-Jan-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
High school isn't compulsory in South Korea. You're only required to graduate from middle school (at the age of 14/15). But in reality almost all students (more than 90%) finish high school so making it free for everyone is definitely a step in the right direction imo.
royu_kiyo 21st-Jan-2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think it's only mandatory to go to elementary and middle schools. You can drop off from high school, at least in the US.
jaghatar 22nd-Jan-2013 07:30 am (UTC)
in sweden we don't even have to pay for materials or lunch and university education is also free

thank god i am in Sweden
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