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S. Korea to Extend School Day Care to 10 p.m.

Posted: Jan 07, 2013


Under the incoming Park Geun-hye administration, schools in South Korea will offer day care services for parents - and night-care too.

Starting from March, all elementary schools nationwide will take care of kids of working parents until 10 p.m.

Dinner will be provided too.

“Many people are welcoming this plan,” a member of the inner circle of the transition team told the JoongAng Ilbo. “There has already been a wide consensus over this program. There’s no reason to drag this out.”

Currently, most elementary schools run after-school activities for students until 5 p.m., which cost about 20,000 won ($18) to 100,000 won per month.

Under Park’s plan, children can stay at school until 10 p.m. if their parents are too busy to take care of them. The plan is targeted at families with single parents who work or with two working parents.

“Education is an important issue for Park that she has put emphasis on economic democratization,” another official on the team said. “The late-night child care can be carried out by simply extending hours at facilities that are already being used for after-school activities.

Read the rest here: Korea Daily



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