South Korea’s Ministry of Education mulls lowering school age as part of sector reformsNews

New Education Minister Park Soon-ae briefed President Yoon on the ministry’s long-term initiatives today.
Among the five goals, she explained, was lowering the entry age to primary school by one year.
Our Kim Bo-kyoung has the details.

Strengthen its role where necessary and take the initiative to train high-tech professionals.
That’s what the new education minister emphasized when she briefed President Yoon Suk-yeol on the ministry’s long-term education reform plans under the new government.
Among the five goals highlighted by the ministry was the provision of better education to younger children.
One way would be to have children go to primary school a year earlier at age 5 international age instead of 6.

“The government is taking more proactive steps to eliminate any educational gap from birth so that all children can grow up without discrimination or inequality. early childhood education and lowering the elementary school age by one year.

As President Yoon called for it to be implemented quickly, the change would begin as early as 2025.
It would be the first change in 76 years, since the age of six was established by the Education Act in 1949.
In addition, the current two-track education system for kindergarten and daycare would be unified from 2024.
Currently, they fall under different ministries, Kindergarten under Education and Daycare under Health, resulting in gaps in education ranging from teacher qualifications to funding.

The ministry also aims to expand the talent pool in the digital sector.
Park said specific details will be released next month.
Just last week, the government announced measures to boost talent training in the semiconductor industry.

“For this, the ministry will create a new strategic meeting to nurture talent led by the president to achieve results through active discussions between industry, educational organizations and government.”

President Yoon called on the Ministry of Education to do more to provide equitable educational opportunities for all children and stressed the need to review the education system as a whole.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.