Education Minister Park Soon-ae announced her resignation late Monday afternoon, ending a short tenure that will be remembered for her least popular policy proposal, sending kids to school at the age of five.
The Ministry of Education has once again found itself in the crosshairs after suggesting that so-called foreign language high schools could be entirely scrapped.
The government is finally consulting education superintendents and parents on a plan to lower the school entrance age from six years old to five — and getting an earful.
Confusion is growing as the Education Ministry announced last week that it is leaving it up to schools to decide whether to teach in person or online during the first two weeks of March — from March 2 through 11.
Universities in Korea will resume in-person classes from the upcoming fall semester, starting with small classes, laboratory courses and other kinds of instruction requiring hands-on teaching.
Starting from June 14, middle school students in the Seoul metropolitan area will go to school more often, as the government raised the attendance cap for schools from one-third to two-thirds under social distancing Level 2.
Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hae ordered Pusan National University on Wednesday investigate the alleged corrupt admission of Cho Min, daughter of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk, into medical school.
Younger students and high school seniors will be able to go to class in person every day with the start of the new school year Tuesday, while health authorities Monday warned that lax social distancing measures could lead to a rise in infections.
More young students are expected to attend in-person classes in the new semester according to plans announced by the Ministry of Education Thursday to ease some social distancing regulations in schools.
Korean elementary and middle school students ranked in the top tier in a recent international evaluation of academic achievement in mathematics and science, but they also severely lacked interest and confidence in these subjects.