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Education policy in the Republic of Korea - building block or stumbling block? (English)

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  • Lee, Jisoon
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Title Education policy in the Republic of Korea - building block or stumbling block? (English)
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Author(English)

Lee, Jisoon

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World Bank (WB)

Date 2001
Language English
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Subject Territorial Development < Transport/Logistics

Abstract

While noting the benefits of strong public sector involvement in Korea's educational system, e.g., equal access, common standards, this paper draws attention to one major drawback, namely, the poor quality of secondary, and tertiary education. As a result of this, Korean households spend a significant proportion of their income on private tuition, supplementary educational materials, and overseas education. The paper notes that it may be time for Korea to shift to a more flexible educational system, allowing greater scope for students, and teachers to select each other, more incentives for improving teacher quality, and, a simplified, and decentralized educational administration set-up.