Most of the time you will find yourself asking this type of question. The country with the best education system in South Korea. It not only offers quality education but the quantity of education. It has always been the top for the past three years with its close competitor being Japan. So what makes it the best country in the world? This we will address in detail in this article.
A brief overview of South Korean education
In South Korea, pre-schooling begins at age three. This is optional. However compulsory education begins at age five. After which the children join the middle school. After middle school, there is an option to join a high school or vocational courses.
For both of these, some fee is charged. Middle school is free. What makes South Korea the best education in the world? There is no doubt that South Korea has achieved a remarkable improvement in its education system. There are some factors that have contributed to this improvement. This includes the quality of teachers, Exam reforms, and education output.
Quality of the teachers
Teaching is the most revered career in Korea. It comes with a high pay and high social status. This means that there are a high number of qualified teachers who offer quality service. In the primary level, the government is very cautious and therefore employs only a small percentage of these teachers to ensure quality. South Korea has the highest number of teachers in the world.
A common question that we often get is education all about good jobs and high salaries? What is education all about? In an endeavor to get a good pay and a bumper salary, most of the quality of the planets education policy has reduced. This is heavily manifested in African countries.
South Korea, on the other hand, has invested in building a strong workforce with a good quality. It is still driven like most systems in the world, only that it has put measures that ensure the quality and quantity of education. The reforms in exams have been to reduce the emphasis on exams. For instance, it abolished exams for lower secondary and reducing the importance of exams in university spots allocation. It has focused on equipping their learners with character and creativity.
The rankings used were based on the enrollment rate for preschool, high school graduation rates, and college graduation rates. Another factor that was used was the scores in maths, science and reading scores for the preschool and middle school. In all these, the country performed excellently. It had a college graduation rate of 69% and the result from maths, science and reading scores were second in the world.
The literacy levels in South Korea are so astonishing in fact it’s said that their English is far better than the French. The total unemployment rates in the country are 3.4% while the youth unemployment is 9.4%. However, the system has achieved tremendous results in Korea, but it has some shortcomings. It has been still criticized for being more test-driven making which has resulted in poor social skills among the students when they develop. We could all agree that the system has a long way to go to reduce the focus on exams.