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Critical Lack of Male Teachers

February 19, 2009

A woman saw the homepage of her son’s school to find out who would be his teacher this year. She cried for joy after her son was placed in the class of a male teacher of high reputation. Her son had been taught by female teachers for the previous five years.

In Korea, the number of female elementary school teachers has far exceeded that of male counterparts. Female teachers accounted for 1,024 of 1,139 teachers (90 percent) who passed the exam to become teachers at public primary schools in Seoul this year. As female teachers account for a bigger share, more principals complain of mounting difficulty in dealing with students, saying they also need male teachers to handle violent students and lead certain events. Young students also need both male and female role models.

Click Here for the Full Story (The Dong-a Ilbo)

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