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'Autonomous' high schools

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19.09.2019
By Eugene Lee

Even if news were made public and commentaries weighed on the pros and cons of the closure of "autonomous" private high schools in South Korea, the saga of private education in the country is making yet another dramatic turn. The recent rulings made by several courts are delaying the decision made by the government and leaving the schools and most importantly the students in limbo.

Even though in recent years South Korea has drastically advanced to the leading group in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted by the OECD, the underlying conditions for the success of national education policy remain under a big question.

Among many other issues the autonomous private schools have come to symbolize a failure of a policy rather than a success. It seems that the policies undertaken under the President Lee Myung-bak have created the very comfortable means for the off-spring of well-off families to get safe entry into prestigious universities here.

Many analyses fail to see that these schools were established for various reasons and........

© The Korea Times