September 22, 2014 09:25
Children from multicultural families now make up more than one percent in schools here for the first time.
As of April 1, there were 67,806 multicultural children in school, making up 1.07 percent of the total student population of 6.33 million, according to the Education Ministry.
The number of schoolchildren has been dropping by 200,000 a year due to the low birthrate, but multicultural students have increased by 6,000 to 8,000 per year from 26,015 or 0.35 percent in 2009.
Some 85 percent or 57,498 of the multicultural schoolchildren were born here and the rest overseas.
In elementary school there are 48,297, accounting for 71.2 percent or seven out of 10 multicultural students. In middle school there are 12,525 or 18.5 percent and in high school 6,984 or 10.3 percent.
The biggest group have at least one Chinese or Korean-Chinese parent with 34.4 percent, followed by Japanese (19.5 percent), Vietnamese (16.5 percent), Filipino (14.3 percent), Thai (2.2 percent), and Mongolian (2 percent).
Some 4,706 of the children have two foreign parents.
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