One-Fifth of Int'l School Pupils Are Korean

      February 02, 2009 10:20

      One in five students enrolled in international schools in Seoul is a Korean, including those with dual citizenship, despite regulations that aim to bar them.

      The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on Sunday said there were 1,149 Koreans among 5,453 pupils in 17 foreign schools in Seoul as of September last year, accounting for 21.1 percent of the total. In American schools where English is the primary language of instruction, nearly half or 45.5 percent of the students were Koreans. In some of them Korean pupils were in the majority.

      At the Centennial Christian School, 137 out of 148 students, or 92.6 percent, were Koreans, and at Yongsan International School of Seoul, it was 461 out of 748 or 61.6 percent.

      The Seoul Academy International School was 49.5 percent Korean and the Korea Kent Foreign School 45.6 percent. The Seoul Foreign School is the only American international school that does not admit Korean students.

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