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The significance of investing in school facilities and measures for reform

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Title The significance of investing in school facilities and measures for reform
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Korea Development Institute

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[Sejong] : Korea Development Institute

Date 2017-10
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < General
Social Development < Education
Holding Korea Development Institute
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Abstract

How do the environment and facilities in schools affect students? In general, facilities that are old and in disrepair emit hazardous air pollutants, which pose health risks to students. This, in turn, can diminish academic performance, resulting from increased absences and reduced concentration. According to an empirical analysis, doubling the investment in facilities at schools receiving only 15,000 won per student increases the number of students achieving above-average grades in Korean, English, and Math by 1.5 to 2.0%p, respectively. This reveals that for students studying in poor conditions, even a small increase can have a meaningful impact on enhancing the educational environment and academic performance. However, according to recent statistics, the share of aging facilities in Korean schools is still significantly high, with 1 out of every 3 built before 1980. To be more specific, asbestos was found in 2 out of 3 schools and 3 out of 4 lacked seismic resistance.