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Study in Korea: if you don't go to university, you won't get married

01 july 2021

Study in Korea: if you don't go to university, you won't get married

Korean children study late into the evening and are ready to do anything for 100 points. After all, the guarantee of a good life is a good university, and if you don't enter, you won't even be able to get married.

How is the school structured in Korea, at what age do children go to grade 1, how do they choose a school? Are there entrance or transition exams?

Korean children go to school at the age of 7, there are no entrance exams, the school is strictly tied to the place of residence. Primary school lasts 6 years - from grades 1 to 6, then from grades 7 to 9 - children go to high school, and this is where the compulsory and free education in Korea ends. Grades 10-12 - high school; to enter it, you need to pass exams, and tuition is paid here - from 5 million won per year. Many Korean children try to finish high school, but it is very important where the child goes. We can say that it is in the 10th grade that his fate is decided, the whole future life depends on it. A good high school means a good university, which guarantees a good job, which means a well-established life. The best schools are considered to be private, they are sponsored by the largest companies in the country and are located in the most expensive areas of Korean cities. Parents make every effort to get the child there. Senior schools are divided into several types: general education, gymnasiums, specialized - education in the senior classes is focused on the future profession. Scientific schools are considered to be the most prestigious, it is very difficult to enter them, it is even more difficult to study, there are no such services as we have there, however, the end of such a school practically guarantees the child admission to a top Korean university. Some universities accept only graduates of scientific schools.

Many go to study abroad, it is believed that education in Europe and America is better, and sometimes even cheaper.

Korean schoolchildren have diaries, do they ask a lot at home? How does the grading system work?

There are no diaries, no homework, no are needed, but children study a lot, sometimes until late at night - kids in primary school are at school until eight in the evening, high school students return home by eleven o'clock. The Korean school has a point grading system. Tests are held every week, once a month - a control test that determines the level of knowledge: from 60-70 points - our three, from 70 to 90 points - four, 90-100 points - five.

It is very difficult to become a 100-point student, there are few such children, and there is also a competition among them: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. They fight for points and places very severely, literally go over their heads, trying to get these 100 points in any way, because if a child from grades 1 to 12 is in 1st place in school, he has the right to enter a good university.

After elementary school, where there is no homework and everything is quite soft, the transition to the senior level, where crazy demands, turns into serious stress for children. The discipline at school is also very strict: if you are late - get a fine, my floor or your score will be lowered, and this is what they are most afraid of. You can not skip, even due to illness.

How are children treated in Korea? Are they independent? At what age is it customary to "let go" of children?
A child in Korea is a deity, parents must do everything for him. In no case should you shout, punish, God forbid, hit. Violence in any form faces deprivation of parental rights. At the same time, the canon system of punishment was abolished in schools just a few years ago. Korean children are not independent at all. They, one might say, do not leave the family. Only after marriage, and even then conditionally. Without parental consent, people have no right to marry even at 40.


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