Sunday, August 14, 2011

SAT Institutes (hagwons) in Gangnam Violate Korean Laws

The local press, including the Joongang Ilbo, is full of reports about a recent government crackdown on private SAT institutes in Seoul. According to the Joongang Ilbo report, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Gangnam office of the Seoul Metropolitan Education Office said that 28 hagwon specializing in SAT preparation for U.S. colleges were checked since July 12.
Of them, 18 were found to have committed violations, and correction orders and warnings were handed down.
Many failed to report to authorities their teachers’ employment status and overcharged their students, the probe showed. Poor financial accounting was also detected.
While none of the hagwon were caught hiring teachers with falsified credentials, 11 failed to submi the personal information of their instructors or make it public to students as required by law, the authorities said.
The Korea Times carried an article on this situation with the headline "60% of SAT Institutes in Gangnam violate  law."

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