Spy agency partners with university for counterespionage, security education program

SEOUL– South Korea’s state intelligence agency said Thursday it has agreed to cooperate with a local university to support education programs in the counterespionage and security fields in a bid…

Watchdog says law mandating higher education for foreign teachers discriminatory

The current law requiring only foreigners to have a higher education qualification to teach at local cram schools, or hagwon, is discriminatory, the state human rights watchdog said Saturday. The…

Seoul education chief demands panel re-convene over his indictment in suspected abuse of power case

GWACHEON, South Korea– Cho Hee-yeon, chief of the Seoul education office, demanded Tuesday a review panel under the state corruption investigative body convene again over an on-going probe into abuse…

Panel backs indictment of Seoul education chief over hiring of fired teachers

SEOUL– A panel of the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials (CIO) on Monday issued an opinion in favor of indicting the chief educational official of Seoul over his suspected…

Student population on steady decline in South Korea

SEOUL– The total number of students in kindergartens and elementary, middle and high schools in South Korea has fallen below 6 million for the first time, government data showed Thursday,…

Schools in Seoul removing regulations on students’ underwear color

SEOUL– Schools in Seoul have begun scrapping rules requiring their students to don all-white underwear in the face of mounting criticism that such a policy can violate human rights, the…

Busan medical school voids admission of ex-justice minister’s daughter

BUSAN– Pusan National University (PNU) in this southern port city said Tuesday it has decided to nullify its admission of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk’s daughter into its medical school…

Intent on signing with MLB team, high school baseball prospect pulls out of KBO draft

SEOUL– Cho Won-bin, a South Korean high school baseball prospect, decided to pull out of the domestic league draft on Thursday, with an eye on signing with a major league…

Education ministry eases distancing rules to expand in-person learning in fall

SEOUL– The Ministry of Education announced a set of new relaxed social distancing guidelines in schools Monday to bring more children back into classrooms in the fall. The ministry said…

Ex-Foreign Minister Kang likely to join Ewha Womans Univ. for teaching job

SEOUL– Former Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is in talks with Ewha Womans University to join the school’s faculty as a chair-professor, sources said Monday. “The hiring process has been going…