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Seoul Schools Merge as Student Numbers Drop

2013/01/13 | 402 views | Permalink | Source

With the number of underage students decreasing year by year in South Korea, schools in Seoul are moving to close down or merge schools in order to accommodate the shrinking number of students.

The Seoul Office of Education said that Shinhung and Hong-il elementary schools, both in Geumcheon-gu, will be merged in 2015 and that it will move Hanwool Middle School to where Hong-il Elementary is currently located.

The two elementary schools have seen their student populations shrink by 20 percent over the past two years and if all goes as planned, they will be the first schools to merge in the country's capital.

Meanwhile, Younghee and Daechung elementary schools in Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-gu had aimed to merge over the past two years but the plans fell through due to the protest of residents.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio Contact the KBS News: englishweb@kbs.co.kr

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