The education office in Gyeonggi Province announced Thursday that it has found that more than 100 unqualified students were admitted to foreigner schools.
The announcement came following the regional education office’s on-site-inspection in December of nine foreigner secondary schools in the region, as part of the government’s ongoing investigation into a massive admission fraud case involving several international schools here.
According to the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education, all of those students involved in the admission fraud are at the schools under Chinese nationality.
Under the current law, only children with a parent with foreign citizenship or who have lived overseas for more than three years are eligible to attend the schools.
But it is believed that parents of the unqualified students forged documents to enroll their children at foreign schools.
The government earlier announced that it will strengthen the monitoring of international schools for Koreans, following a string of admission scandals involving several conglomerate and elite families who opt for foreign schools as an alternative to sending their children to study abroad.
Since 2012, prosecutors have raided at least seven foreign schools in Seoul and Incheon, and believe some 100 parents, including executives of some of the country’s top conglomerates, bought forged documents from brokers to meet the requirements for enrolling their children in foreign schools.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is currently conducting on-the-spot checks on all 51 foreign schools focusing on the admission process and students’ nationalities.
The Education Ministry announced earlier that some students may be forced to leave their school if they are found to have registered with forged documents.
The ministry is also set to introduce guidelines to strengthen the admission process, requiring schools to include a face-to-face interview and students to submit certificates to prove more than three years of residence abroad.
By Oh Kyu-wook (email@example.com