[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Support vocational schoolsI think the collapse of vocational high schools is more serious than the deterioration of science and engineering studies, which have been heavily covered by the press recently.
The collapse of vocational high schools due to a lack of students is because the current education system makes it difficult for their graduates to pursue higher education.
Some departments of four-year universities have started accepting up to 3 percent of their freshmen from vocational school graduates, in addition to the fixed quota. But that is not enough to encourage more students to enter vocational schools.
Increasing opportunities for vocational school graduates to pursue higher education will allow more students to pursue science or engineering studies in the universities.
The government should discard its thinking that vocational schools should only serve as a place nurturing technicians and are not capable of nurturing engineering talents and scientists.
by Jung In-uk