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
fantaesticbaby 21st-Jan-2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I read that as 'Higher education' and thought it meant university and I was ready to be bitter and jealous.
Lol :(
kunstpause 21st-Jan-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Is university that expensive where you live? I am really interested in that since I grew up thinking it's fee everywhere for a long while...
whynotplay 21st-Jan-2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
in the US it's suuuuper expensive :(
royu_kiyo 21st-Jan-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
This. Still trying to pay off my thousands of dollars student loan debt. Fuck college.
kunstpause 21st-Jan-2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Are there at least ways to get a loan that are open for everyone?
It is strange to think about how different it is. The only thing we pay here in my part of Europe is an administration fee (about 200 Euros) a year - most of that is for using the public transport for free.
I think the universities here would be suddenly very empty if it got expensive.
uledy 21st-Jan-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
The only thing we pay here in my part of Europe is an administration fee (about 200 Euros) a year - most of that is for using the public transport for free.

That...sounds...wonderful ;A;
benihime99 21st-Jan-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Not to mention that usually part of the health care is included in those fees so it's really low (at least it is so in France)

But that's one of the case where UK is rejecting Europe, Uni is freaking expensive there

Edited at 2013-01-21 08:52 pm (UTC)
ideservestars 21st-Jan-2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
You can do a two year program at a community college which for most people are free and paid for using grants from the government, but its only low paying jobs you gain. Universities on the other hand.. only students who families make under 24 thousand a year can get close to a free ride. There is a limit to how much in grants and government loans you can get and it usually doesnt cover the whole years cost. For the left over, you either have to come up with the thousands of dollars yourself or get a private loan. To put it in perspective, I had to drop out this year. My mom only makes 24k a year and my old school costs 25k a year. I only got 16k in aid from the government and was rejected for a private loan because my mom doesn't make enough. Sorry I'm on my phone if that all doesn't make sense, I can elaborate later.
fantaesticbaby 21st-Jan-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
It's not as bad as some places, but I was unlucky enough to be in the first year of students in the UK having to pay £9,000 a year to study. Which tbh is unfair because Scottish and Welsh students get it free ¬__¬

Edited at 2013-01-21 10:01 pm (UTC)
benihime99 21st-Jan-2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Depending on the country Uni is "almost" free
I almost died when I was in Cardiff because it was so expensive (for me) yet I had a "european discount".
fantaesticbaby 21st-Jan-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
ugh university in the UK is ridiculously expensive for foreign students, and it's bad enough for us English students :((
I am so jealous of people who don't have to pay for university, it is another problem they don't have.
jaghatar 22nd-Jan-2013 07:34 am (UTC)
you should study in Sweden it's probably cheaper ( it used to be free for foreign students as well)
fantaesticbaby 22nd-Jan-2013 09:33 am (UTC)
Oh wow that's awesome for Sweden!
I did look at applying for foreign universities but our system in the UK doesn't have anything for people who want to apply abroad, so you have to do it by yourself, which is slightly overwhelming tbh.
jaghatar 22nd-Jan-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
i understand but Swedish universities have great websites and guides for international students. i also think that if you are a UK citizen you don't have to pay any admission fee or tuition fee in another words no need for loans ( https://www.antagning.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Studying-in-Sweden/Fees-and-scholarships/Am-I-required-to-pay/Sabine-EU-citizen/)

ps a plus is that it's only a 2 hour flight from the UK

useful links

http://www.studyinsweden.se/

https://www.universityadmissions.se



fantaesticbaby 22nd-Jan-2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Aw wow you are so sweet for doing this, thank you!
I'm afraid though I've already started a four year course in the UK so I'm sorta stuck with my loans OTL

Perhaps if I decide to do a Masters I will consider Sweden :3
jaghatar 22nd-Jan-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
no problem glad if i could help in any way ;)
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