[LETTERS to the editor]Education is not a market

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[LETTERS to the editor]Education is not a market

I’m worried about the opening of international middle schools because they will cause many problems. They will push our students into overheating the private education market, cramming at private institutes to qualify for the schools.

In our society, there are already a large number of media to satisfy the diverse educational needs of students: the Internet, technical books and courses online and offline. Without international middle schools, the public educational system can satisfy the diverse educational needs of students.

We must think about those who can’t enter international middle schools because of expensive school fees. The established schools demand expensive tuition fees. It is not easy for middle class families to afford tuition. As a result, international middle schools will be only for children from rich families.

I hope education will never be a market and the preserve of private interests. If so, it can bring about the collapse of public school education. Ahn Ju-Hyun, Seoul

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