Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to strengthen crack­down on pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL -

The ed­u­ca­tion min­istry said Fri­day it will con­duct a spe­cial crack­down on al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, in­clud­ing high-priced con­sult­ing ser­vices tailored for col­lege ad­mis­sion.

The move is part of the govern­ment’s pre-emp­tive mea­sures to tackle po­ten­tial rises in ex­pen­sive pri­vate tu­tor­ing ser­vices as the govern­ment has an­nounced a change in the pol­icy re­lated to col­lege ad­mis­sion.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced a set of mea­sures to com­bat high-priced pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices af­ter Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in hosted an anti-cor­rup­tion meet­ing to dis­cuss ways to pro­mote fair­ness in so­ci­ety ear­lier in the day.

The govern­ment said it will co­op­er­ate with the state po­lice agency and the tax watch­dog to crack down on al­leged il­le­gal acts by cram schools.

In par­tic­u­lar, it will fo­cus on in­sti­tutes pro­vid­ing ex­pen­sive ed­u­ca­tion con­sult­ing ser­vices for col­lege ad­mis­sion.

The govern­ment will in­spect 258 pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes na­tion­wide. The thresh­old for judg­ing high-priced tu­tor­ing is set at more than 1 mil­lion won ($864.68) per month.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing pri­vate cram schools in the posh south­ern Gang­nam of Seoul or pro­fes­sional co­or­di­na­tors for col­lege en­trance over al­le­ga­tions that they wrote self-in­tro­duc­tion let­ters or did school work for stu­dents in re­turn for money.

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