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Average Number of Elementary Students Per Class Drops Below 30

January 20, 2009

Korea’s elementary school-age population has declined to all-time lows due to the country’s low birth rate.  According to the latest data released by the Korean Educational Development Institute and the education ministry the average number of elementary students per classroom now stands below 30, the lowest figure recorded to date.

Thirty-nine years ago, the average stood at over 60. But in the span of 18 years the figure nearly halved to just under 40 in the early 1990s.  And from 1995 to 2007, it remained around the 30 level.  Looking back it was only eight years ago that the government set out to improve the country’s education environment by lowering the average number of students per class to 35.  An initiative that resulted in the establishment of over 15-hundred newly built schools over a very short period of time.

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