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Teachers’ union to retain legal status temporarily

A Seoul appeals court said Friday that a left-leaning teachers’ union should be recognized as a legitimate trade union until the court releases a final verdict on its status.The decision marked a rare victory for the embattled Korean Teachers and Education Workers’ Union in its prolonged...

Updated : 2014.09.19 21:07

Conflicting data on school violence raises questions

The Education Ministry’s data on school violence does not match that compiled by local education offices, a lawmaker said Thursday, raising questions about the credibility of the government’s tally.In 2012, the ministry said that 24,677 cases of violence occurred within the classroom, bu...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:37

E-learning more about education, less about tech

With the flow of high-tech gadgets into education, many thought that e-readers are on track to replace paper textbooks completely. This appeared to be the thinking behind the comments of U.S. Educatio...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:31

We must teach students to prevent school violence

Although the type and magnitude differ depending on the country, school violence is a universal issue ailing all schools across the globe. In Korea, both the government and the general public have act...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:30

Budget woes stall free high school program

The free high school education program, one of President Park Geun-hye’s election pledges, will not kick off next year due to budget restraints, the Education Ministry said Thursday.Government budget plans for 2015, revealed early in the day, showed that the ministry had not allocated any...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:30

Chung-Ang University to close graduate school

Chung-Ang University is planning to shut down its graduate school of food and drug administration, officials said Wednesday, a decision that enraged students for being made unilaterally. The administrative committee at the Seoul-based university reached the decision last month and has brou...

Updated : 2014.09.17 21:04

Protest highlights dark reality of music ‘apprenticeships’ at colleges

A group of undergraduates at Sookmyung Women’s University boycotted classes for the 16th day Tuesday, demanding the dismissal of two professors whom they have accused of verbal and financial abuse.Th...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:33

Seoul education chief vows to cut elite schools

The Seoul education chief said Monday he was still bent on cutting the number of autonomous private high schools despite being turned down by the Education Ministry, nearly two weeks after his bombshell announcement to revoke the status of eight of them.“Legally speaking, the superintende...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:57

[Weekender] Songdo aims to become NE Asia’s education hub

University of Utah president David Pershing (fourth from left) and Ghent University president Anne De Paepe (fifth from left) cut the ribbon at the joint opening ceremony on Monday at the Songdo Globa...

Updated : 2014.09.12 21:42

Korea to conduct biannual survey on school violence

Korea will kick off its second biannual survey on violence in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the country next week, the Education Ministry said Thursday.Students from some 600 schools ― ranging from fourth graders to second year high school students ― will participate in ...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:11

Korea has highest reliance on private education market in OECD: report

Despite governmental efforts to boost spending on public education ― including ongoing efforts to cut college tuition ― Korean parents are still burdened with the hefty price of children’s learning, a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has found.In ...

Updated : 2014.09.10 21:17

Seoul education chief puts eight elite high schools in firing line

Seoul Education Chief Cho Hi-yeon said Thursday the autonomous private high school system has intensified the pecking order of schools in Korea, and suggested that the government revise the law on the de facto elite schools. “The autonomous private high school policy boiled down to ‘vert...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:52

[Herald Interview] Online learning transforms education

Korea has often been lauded for having an education system that is near the top of most global education rankings and has been declared a model by many foreign leaders including U.S. President Barack ...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:43

Korea University chief gets honorary degree from Yonsei

Kim Byoung-chul, the president of Korea University, received an honorary degree in business administration Thursday from the school’s rival, Yonsei University.The degree was presented to the 65-year-old scholar in recognition of his contribution to the progress of academia in the country,...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:42

[Student Column] Maintaining interest in English despite test-driven environment

Like every other Korean student, I started studying English in elementary school. But for me, it was through self-study materials not in school. I began to take it more seriously during my second year...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:42