President Park calls for educational reform to reduce private education in KoreaUpdated: 2014-02-14 AM 6:29:33 (KST)
In an effort to reduce private tutoring and get students more focused on their schooling,
the government will force universities to give a zero-mark on applications that include awards or certificates received outside of school.
These will include TOEFL or other English language test scores, math and science Olympiad awards, and extracurricular education prizes received from private institutions.
During the Education Ministry's status report on Thursday, President Park emphasized the need to keep the education system from pushing students to take upper grade courses in advance in an attempt to reduce mounting private tutoring expenses in the country.
She ordered the ministry to reduce private tutoring expenses for English language education, in particular, as it account for one-third of the money spent on private education.
"I think there need to be fundamental reforms to the educational environment that demands students take excessive English language courses."
The president also slammed the Culture and Sports Ministry, which gave a status report along with the education ministry on Thursday, and ordered them to look into what caused Korean short-track speed skating star Ahn Hyun-soo, who won a bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Monday, to change his nationality.
"We should look into whether irrationalities and systematic disorders in the sports world, such as factionalism and corruption among referees, are leading to problems like the one that affected Ahn Hyun-soo."
Ahn won three Olympic gold medals for Korea in 2006, but became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2011 after failing to qualify for the national team ahead of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Ahn's family claims that was due to fractional feuds in the sports sector.
"President Park called for a system in which athletes could be evaulated based solely on their performance and one in which the fairness of referees was guaranteed. She ordered the ministry to come up with measures to root out corruption in the sports arena.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News."
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