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韩国:英语幼儿园费用堪比高校学费
作者:21ST    来源:The Korea Herald    日期: 2009-07-22
Enrollment at all-English kindergartens in Gangnam could easily cost more than a year of higher education at one of the country's public universities.
According to officials in the private education industry, English kindergartens in Gangnam, a premium residential district in southern Seoul, charge tuition and fees of more than 10 million won ($8,000) a year. Some even cost close to 20 million won.
A kindergarten in Gangnam's Cheongdam-dong has students play with and learn from native English-speaking teachers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and charges them 1.49 million won a month. This means about 18 million won of payment a year, more than four times the 4.16 million won that an average public university student pays in a year. Korean parents' obsession with their children's education - apparently undeterred by the latest economic downturn - could restrain household consumption and slow economic recovery, experts warned.
The global financial crisis has dampened consumer spending in Korea and fueled a rise in unemployment.
They spent a record 39.8 trillion won on education in 2008, up 7.7 percent from a year earlier, the Bank of Korea said. Education spending per household came in at 2.39 million won.
The rise is due largely to increased spending on private teaching, including English-language learning, it said.
"On a national level, household spending on private education can be seen as investment for the future. But the efficiency of it is the big question," said Oh Moon-seok, a researcher at LG Economic Research Institute.
"Money wasted in the private education fever, if any, could otherwise be spent to invigorate economic activity," he said.
Korea is striving to spur consumer spending and create jobs in order to spur the economy, as exports, the main driver of economic growth in Korea, plunged under the impact of a global financial crisis and ensuing economic downturn.




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