South Korea’s Education System



School for all children between the ages of 6 to 15 is free in South Korea.  Senior high school is not free, but is apparently not a huge burden on families because most students are able to attend.  To attend senior high school students must take an exam which will determine whether they go to an academic upper school or a vocational upper school.  Graduates of both schools may sit for the college scholastic aptitude test and pursue further education.

Like Japan, there is much emphasis on education in South Korea.  Many students consider running away from home or committing suicide in middle school due to their grades.  The number of hours spent studying in South Korea is greater than in any other nation.  Students who do not meet parent expectations in school are often severely punished.

Again, it should be mentioned that the unemployment rate in South Korea is…

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