2/27/2007

Violence in Korean Schools Rising

On Feb. 27, 2007 numerous Korean and English language newspapers reported that school violence has become such a problem that the Ministry of Education setup a program to enable students threatened by violence to receive an escort on the way to and from school.

The program, to be implemented in April, will also include counseling to assist students in learning how to prevent violence.

According to the Ministry, 15.9% of students have experienced violence in school and the percentage of students who have been threatened, robbed or bullied by peers increased from 1.1 percent to 4.3 percent, 3.5 percent to 5.2 percent, and 0.9 percent to 3.2 percent respectively between 2003 and 2006. Corporal violence decreased from 5.8 percent to 2.9 percent.

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SeanHayes@ipglegal.com