Gov’t to strengthen support for children from multicultural backgrounds
Korea will strengthen support for students from multicultural backgrounds, in order to establish an environment where all children are provided with equitable access to education and career development. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced a set of measures on Friday to increase educational support for students from multicultural backgrounds, as well as to create a learning environment that embraces diversity and inclusion. The measures come as the number of multicultural students has been increasing steadily, despite the overall declining student population due to the nation’s low birth rate. In 2021, about 5.32 million students were enrolled at elementary, middle and high schools across the country, down 21 percent from 6.72 million in 2012. During the same period, however, the number of multicultural students surged by 240 percent to surpass 160,000 in 2021, up from around 47,000 in 2012.This tally included children born to a Korean national and a foreign national (82 percent), as well as children born to two foreign national parents (18 percent). However, government policies are currently focused on supporting multicultural children only at the preschool level, leaving older students deprived of opportunities to access quality education and career planning. Data showed that only 49 percent of these students had entered university in 2018, lower than the 67.6 percent of the total student population doing so.
Korean government to strengthen support for children from multicultural backgrounds.