Principal throws wide the back doorThe Seoul Northern District Public Prosecutors’ Office indicted Principal Kim Hee-jin, 62, of Seoul Foreign Language High School for illegally admitting students in exchange for large sums of money in 2007 and 2008.
Kim allegedly received 55 million won ($44,137) for admitting seven students who didn’t pass an entrance exam. The parents paid the money under the pretext of contributing to the school’s development fund.
Foreign-language high schools select students through exams that mainly test English listening comprehension ability. Kim bypassed this system, personally contacting parents and asking them to pay money to get their children admitted, prosecutors said.
The prosecutors also said that Kim personally received 32 million won from parents of 11 transfer students since 2006. However, there was insufficient evidence to prove the charge, explained a prosecution source.
Kim’s family has a history of illegal admissions and embezzlement. Kim’s husband Lee, a previous chief director of the Chung-sook Educational Foundation, which established Seoul Foreign Language High School, was convicted in 2005 for embezzling 2.4 billion won from the school. The prosecution now says that Lee also illegally admitted 20 students in exchange for 169 million won from 2003 to 2004. However, the statute of limitations on that case has expired so the prosecution cannot indict him.
By Kim Hyo-eun [email@example.com]