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  • The Status of Private Education in Seoul? (Seoul Infographics, No. 130)

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  • The Status of Private Education in Seoul?

    About 74.4 percent of students in Seoul receive private education, with the average monthly spending on private education per student reaching approximately KRW 335,000.

    The participation rate in private education in the area of general studies, including Korean, English, and mathematics, is showing a clear downward trend, while the participation rate in art, music, and physical education has declined slightly.

    ※ The average monthly spending on private education per student refers to the average amount spent by elementary, middle, and high school students (including students who do not receive private education).
    ※ Small and Medium-sized Cities: cities in other provinces, excluding Seoul and the six metropolitan cities.

    In 2014, the average monthly spending on private education in Seoul was KRW 335,000, and the participation rate in private education was about 74.4 percent, showing that Seoul’s participation rate in private education is the highest in the country.

    - The average monthly spending on private education per student in Seoul was KRW 335,000, which is two times higher than that of rural areas.

    - The participation rate in private education in Seoul was about 74.4 percent, nearly 15.2 percentage points higher than that of rural areas.

    - More than one-fourth of students in Seoul (26.3 percent) spend more than KRW 500,000 on private education.

    Students who received private education in Seoul decreased from 79.6 percent in 2009 to 74.4 percent in 2014, declining 5.2 percentage points over the past five years.

    - Regarding Korean Language studies, the participation rate in private education dropped approximately 15 percentage points over the past five years, demonstrating that the participation rate in general studies showed a clear downward trend, whereas the participation rate in art, music, and physical education declined only slightly.

    - Even so, the proportion of English and Math education is 33.4 percent and 32.2 percent, respectively, accounting for more than 65 percent of the total spending on private education.

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