Students Flock to Special High SchoolsIncreasing numbers of students are attending special or vocational high schools.
Lim Kyong-taek, who will graduate from Taeduk Middle School in Taejon, has decided to enter Seongtaek Domestic Science High School in Siheung, Kyonggi Province. His decision was made after discussions with his father, Lim Jong-soon, a famous Korean medical doctor and professor who participated in a cancer cure project.
Lim senior explained why he is sending his gifted son to a special high school: 'I don't want my son to struggle to enroll in a university course which he doesn't like. Those who follow their instincts live happy lives.'
Han Yoon-hwan, another student in the cookery high school, spends a daily three hours on the road to attend the school. However, he is very happy with his chosen course. Han's interest in cookery was kindled when his mother took a job and he had to cook for his younger brother.
His parents also encouraged him to advance to cooking school after being seduced by the Korean cold soup 'Sikhye' cooked by their son three years ago.
Han has recently been participating in an Internet cooking site operated by a venture firm.
Pusan Design High School and Animation High School in Hanam City, Kyonggi Province are very popular with middle school students.
A teacher at the cookery school, Park Tong-kyu said, 'We can feel the energy of the next generation with their passion for a specific field.'