Education Minister Says "Much Demand" for State-Authored Textbooks

Write : 2014-09-27 14:04:46 Update : 2014-09-28 17:32:35

Education Minister Says "Much Demand" for State-Authored Textbooks

South Korea's education minister has said there has been much demand for state-authored Korean history textbooks in schools to bring the people together, while the issue is currently being discussed on a public level.

Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea said on a KBS 1TV program to be aired on Sunday that there have been strong opinions that all students must be taught the same version of national history which will not "sow the seeds of division in public opinion."

The minister stated, however, the government has not considered writing state-authored textbooks for integrated social sciences under a new curriculum planned for 2018.

Hwang also said in his comments those accusing the minister of forming an atmosphere ahead of time for state-authored textbooks are exaggerating and stated he has no specific opinion on the issue.

The minister added the government is currently contemplating measures that will integrate character education into college entry applications. As a part of this plan, Hwang said the ministry plans to suggest to universities an index that will evaluate students' non-academic performance in school apart from their grades.

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