The increasingly fierce competition for a place in South Korea's civil service sometimes results in tragic consequences.
Nearly two decades have passed since the first challenges to South Korea’s predominantly state-driven education sprang up. Can alternative schools change the country’s oppressive education climate?
Artists blacklisted; protest over abortion; anti-corruption law and sex industry; Burmese refugees; and migrant children deprived of education.
By revising the history textbook, the government will whitewash the past to bolster the conservative cause at the expense of the education system and South Korea’s international reputation as a democracy.
The world looks to Korea as a model for education but the system has a dark side. Korean education produces students who are overachieving but unhappy and ill.