The Education Ministry in Korea wants to reduce the number of English language lessons in state schools by 30% within the next couple of years.
The ministry claim that the current workload for school students is just too much and wants to reduce it with English lessons being their main target along with Korean and Math. However, the plan is drawing a lot of criticism from educators and businesspeople who see English as essential for any country to compete in the modern world.
An official said, “We plan to lower the classroom workload by 20 percent in all classes.”
How this move will affect the large number of English teachers in Korea is uncertain.
Ironically it could mean an increase in the number of foreign teachers in the country as the private sector grows to fill the gap left by the state schools.
Already parents are overburdened by the need to send their children to private schools to give their children a chance in the ever increasing demand for high quality English speakers and the relatively poor quality of language teaching in state schools; this will just add to their burden.
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