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Presidential hopefuls should ensure fair educational opportunities for a fair society

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By Song Kyung-jin

The political season is heating up to be as hot as the weather is this summer. Few conversations end without a mention of the presidential candidates and political developments nowadays. The next presidential election is dated to take place on March 9, 2022, so it is perhaps too early for the candidates to draw public attention to their key campaign agenda points.

Great attention to candidates' campaign agenda points has in fact never been a salient feature of South Korean politics, compared to candidates' characteristics and personal histories full of hardships. However, the buzzword running through the agenda points of all the candidates this time around is the "F" word, fairness.

Fairness in Korea often starts with or erodes with fairness or unfairness in terms of educational opportunities. In Korea, unfairness, perceived or real, in educational opportunities, can at times even lead to the toppling of an administration and a shift of power.

If we lived in normal times, Korea would have one reason to be pleased: the test results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The PISA test assesses 15-year-old students' abilities to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge, as well as their skills that are essential for full participation in society, along with the students' well-being. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the triennial test scheduled for this year was........

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