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Free high school education in South Korea starting 2021

The central government and regional offices will share the cost of providing the education

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/NOVOSTIVL/ All high school students in Korea will get a free education starting 2021, the government said, Tuesday. This article appeared in The Korea Times.

So far Korea has only offered free education at elementary and middle school levels, which are compulsory. Free tuition at high schools has been one of the top education policy goals of the Moon Jae-in administration.

According to the ministry, free high school education will begin for seniors in the second semester of this year and will be expanded gradually to sophomores next year and juniors by 2021.

Vice Finance Minister Koo Yoon-cheol also said the free education would help a household with one high school student save 1.58 million won ($1,382) per year.

The central government and regional education offices will share the cost of providing the free education, estimated to be about an annual 2 trillion won, with each paying 50 percent.