Education in South Korea

South Korean education board probes cram schools after exam leaks

A teacher gives a lecture at a cram school in a Goshichon in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

South Korean officials yesterday launched an investigation into cram schools after a cheating scandal that led to the nationwide cancellation of US university entrance exams this month. The education office in the capital Seoul started the special probe into a number of private academies suspected of illegally obtaining questions for the SAT and leaking them to pupils, a spokesman said.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:44am

South Korean students helped through most important day

Students from a Seoul high school cheer for their seniors outside the examination hall before the exam begins. Photo: Reuters

Military training was suspended, flights rescheduled and emergency calls reserved for latecomers yesterday as hundreds of thousands of South Korean students sat a crucial college entrance examination.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

S Korean parents turn to crime over school access

South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday charged 47 parents with forging documents to enrol their children in foreign-run schools to give them an edge in the country’s hyper-competitive education system.

6 Nov 2012 - 5:43pm

Parents turn up heat on national education

A parents' concern group seeking to delay the introduction of national-education lessons in schools is urging supporters to write to their children's schools to voice their opposition.

It also hopes they will write to the schools they attended as children.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Learning valuable lessons

Hong Kong is completing its academic structure reform with the launch of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination in March and a four-year university degree to commence in September.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Understanding Korean

Popular Korean television dramas and K-pop music are motivating people in Hong Kong to discover more about Korean culture through learning the language. As Korean is not taught in local schools, increasing numbers of young people, in particular, are enrolling in Korean language classes offered by private language schools around the city.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Stress test

It's the start of a new school year and as the excited, the scared and the indifferent all climb back on the school bus, I wonder if this is the year our city will fix our education.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Mixed schools don't mean low grades

Some parents prefer to send their children to single-sex schools. They believe these schools prevent children being distracted by the opposite sex, so they'll do better in exams.

But just because students don't study at a co-educational school, it doesn't mean they won't date.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Language-skills gap breeds class division

Exactly 10 years ago today, this newspaper carried a story by a young reporter called Shirley Kwok. She looked forward a decade and imagined a Hong Kong where education had gone through big reforms and primary-school pupils 'all speak fluently with their teachers in both English and Putonghua'.

30 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Question of the week: Do you support small-class teaching in Hong Kong?

Ophelia Chan, 17, St Clare's Girls' School

Small-class teaching cannot guarantee increased student achievements and less disciplinary problems. Students need effective teachers - simply reducing the class size won't have a great impact on children's development.

6 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Schools get poor report card, seek more help

Educators need bureau's support to tackle faults

Educators yesterday called on the Education and Manpower Bureau to offer more support to teachers after the release of a damning report card for local schools.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Mail bag

Parents should play the supporting role

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Building a strong foundation in the wonder years

IT IS THE FIRST DAY at school. The bell signalling the start of class rings and she begs for one more hug. Tears stream down her face as the door closes. She has never felt so lonely. And that is just the mother.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Study Abroad - united states

Students wanting to further their education in the United States have two options: they can do so after completing Form Five or wait until they have completed Form Six or Seven. They should initiate the process about a year before their planned departure. If they act fast, they might be able to gain admission for the spring semester the following year.

30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Specialised route the right educational path

In education, getting the basics right has to be the first priority. That is why it comes as welcome news that the government plans to send extra teachers to our primary schools, with the aim of freeing up the time of teachers in the subjects of English, Chinese and maths.

Most importantly, this will allow them to spend more time teaching what they know best.

15 Sep 2004 - 12:00am