President Park Geun-hye called today for sweeping changes in the way students are taught at school, saying the current system focuses too much on college entrance and stifles creativity.
Park made the remarks during a New Year’s ceremony with educational leaders, saying South Korea badly needs creative talent if it wants to move ahead of other nations in an increasingly competitive global environment.
She said that ‘we are now living in an era where creativity and ideas move the world and that if we are going to move ahead of others, there should be an education revolution to make it possible to raise creative talent.’
Park said it is difficult to nurture creative talent under the current education system as it centers too much on competition for college entrance. She said students should be allowed to develop their dreams and talent as much as possible.
She pledged to build a merit-based society that puts capabilities ahead of academic background.
Source: Busan eFM News