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Gov't Mulls Drastic Measures to Stimulate Procreation

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

The government is mulling drastic measures to get Koreans to have more children and boost the chronically low birthrate, including new taxes to fund costly projects.

The Ministry of Strategy and Finance assigned the Korea Institute of Public Finance to study the policy impact of the taxes, according to officials on Thursday...More

Koreans Get 66 Days off Next Year

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

Koreans will have 66 holidays next year, three fewer than this year...More

Spending on Private Crammers Soars to Fresh Record

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

Koreans spent a record W271,000 a month on private after-school classes for their children last year (US$1=W1,065).

According to the Ministry of Education on Thursday, spending on private crammers grew for a second year to W18.6 trillion in 2017 even though the number of students fell from 5.88 million in 2016 to 5.73 million...More

Youth Obesity Reaches Alarming Proportions

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

Obesity among youngsters swelled to a record 17.3 percent last year, up 0.8 percent from a year earlier. The problem gets worse as children grow older. Some 21.3 percent of high schoolers were obese, followed by 16.2 percent of middle schoolers and 15.2 percent of elementary schoolchildren.

According to last year's health check data of 80,000 students at 764 schools nationwide published by the Education Ministry, the higher obesity rate of older students was mainly due to a high-calorie diet of a lot of burgers, pizza and instant noodles, and less exercise...More

Seoul City to Begin Transition to Electric Buses

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

Thirty electric buses will start running on routes in central Seoul starting in September, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Tuesday...More

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