South Korean Human Rights Monitor



Ministry of Education Makes Admission Changes

Aileen Seo January 21, 2014

The Korean Ministry of Education announced that all foreign language, international, and independent high schools will implement policies prohibiting students from disclosing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or honors earned from  competitions in personal statements. These policies will take effect in 2015. The Ministry has instructed schools to assign a score… Continue Reading »


Sexual Minority Youths Ignored at School

Yoo-Rim Lee July 23, 2013

John Doe (assumed name) graduated from a middle school in Dongjak-gu, Seoul. Unlike other teenager boys at  his age who played out on the field, he preferred to do cross-stitch and read books at the library. An English teacher in their fifties called him “Sissy” referring to him as “a boy who acts like a… Continue Reading »


Coercive Private Academies

Mark Kim May 14, 2013

In recent years private academic institutions have gotten out of hand in the way they advertise their services. Commercials and billboards with sayings like,”5th grade is too, start in 4th,” and this buses last stop is SKY(Seoul, Korea and Yonsei Universities) are common. Saying such as these only burden both child and parent into thinking… Continue Reading »


Illegal Immigrant Children Should Be Entitled to Education

Ji Hyun Park April 10, 2013

A 16-year-old child of an illegal immigrant from Nigeria was denied admission to high school. Her middle school teacher said that “she cannot apply for admission to a high school, because she doesn’t have a foreign registration number,” so she asked the Gong Gam Human Rights Law Foundation (Gong Gam) for help. The Gong Gam… Continue Reading »


The Truth Behind Students’ Suicide

Eunjung Cha September 10, 2012

For several years South Korea has had  the highest suicide rates among OECD member states. However, committing suicide among young adults, especially middle and high school students, has become one of the most serious social problems. Within the last nine months a total of nine students committed suicide in Daegu due to several reasons: oppression,… Continue Reading »

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