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Population slogans

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By Sho Chang-young

A recent survey showed that there are 6,162 empty school classrooms nationwide. Here, "empty classrooms" are idle facilities that have not been used year-round, rather than being temporarily shut down because of COVID-19.

Now, in our society, an extremely low birthrate is a serious problem; but this has not always been the case. There have been the times when a very high birthrate was a big issue. And the education sector had to adjust to those changes.

In the hope of explicating forward-looking implications, I would like to recall some population policy slogans that were familiar to me. They reflect changes in our demographic circumstances and government policies to address them. Please note that the translated slogans below may not fully convey the original nuances and connotations, but their basic concepts and meanings have not been altered.

"Childbirth without measures makes you beg!" This........

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