With an estimated 80,000 (cumulative number) ‘out-of-school teens’ in Seoul who dropped out of school, Seoul City is set to promote a ‘Seoul-Type Alternative School’ model that guarantees the rights to learning equality at public education level. Starting with 15 schools in 2020, Seoul plans to designate and operate 45 schools by 2022.
The city will increase support for unaccredited alternative schools that used to offer education in only half the level of institutional education. ‘Seoul-Type Alternative Schools’ will be selected from among the existing 82 unaccredited alternative schools in Seoul, and municipal support will be increased from 40% to 70% of the total existing operation expenses.
Customized support for learning service quality and reinforced teacher capacity will also accompany the increased support. Regular studies and the ‘Visiting Humanities and Arts School Education’ will be enforced in cooperation with Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture to provide support for cultivation of cultural sensibility and creative intelligence of teens at alternative schools. To foster the capacities of alternative school teachers, the ‘Seoul-Type Alternative School Operation Support Team’ will be initiated for the development and supplementation of educational programs as well as teacher training and education.
Support that reflects the political demands of out-of-school teens regarding internships, qualification examinations, and license acquisitions will be extended and fortified while scholarships will be newly organized for tuition support of low-income teens.
Starting with the first semester of this year, alternative school students will receive the same free eco-friendly meals as students of elementary, middle, and high schools. In addition, alternative schools will work together with nearby youth centers to support students’ use of various creative and experiential programs and work to promote reduced fees for students’ use of facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, and career experience facilities.
For students who have previously been excluded from benefits because they did not possess ‘Student Cards,’ issuance of ‘Teen Cards’ will be expanded to provide teens outside of public education with the same status as other students, in an effort to resolve the problem of discrimination in the use of cultural and leisure facilities or in receiving student transportation expense discounts.