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Kindergarten guidelines to be reviewed

A week after Seoul’s kindergartens finalized their enrollments for 2015, educational authorities on Friday said they will “take a second look” at newly proposed reforms on their admissions.

“There are a lot of things to look through,” said Lee Geun-pyo, the head of educational policy at the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.

Less than a month before Seoul kindergartens began accepting applications for 2015 admissions, Seoul’s education authorities placed a limit on the number of schools to which parents could apply for, without detailing the penalties for violators.

On Dec. 3, just a day before applications were due, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education announced that it would cancel admission to whichever institution the child was accepted if parents failed to follow its guidelines. Yet the notice fell short of influencing some parents, who ignored the order and continued to apply to all the establishments they wished. Some got clever and tried to dodge the rule, listing multiple family members as the child’s guardian.

Friday’s announcement, however, hints that those who violated the order may still get a leg up.

A detailed schedule regarding the review of the newly proposed reforms was not mentioned.

BY LEE SUNG-EUN [selee@joongang.co.kr]




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