Only 4 in 10 children from multicultural households enter university: survey


The undated file photo shows students taking a mock test for the university entrance exam. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, June 28 (Korea Bizwire)Only 40% of teenagers from multicultural families enroll in university, raising fears that they may fall into the “low education” trap, according to a survey released on Monday.

The Department for Gender and Equality conducted a national survey of 15,000 multicultural households, in which only 40.5% of teenagers (aged 9-24) entered colleges and universities last year , down 9.1 percentage points from 2018.

The nation’s overall college enrollment rate, on the other hand, stood at 71.5 percent, up nearly 5 percentage points, widening the gap between the national rate and multicultural households by 18 percentage points. percentage to 31 percentage points.

Contrary to the fall in university enrollment rates among multicultural households, more of them actually want to study.

The share of multicultural teenagers wanting to study at a four-year university rose from 56.5% in 2018 to 67.1% in 2021, up more than 10 percentage points.

The share of those wishing to study at universities with programs of less than four years also rose from 10.7% to 23.3%.

“Parental custody is very important when it comes to education in South Korea,” the ministry said.

“Married immigrants struggle with language barriers and lack sufficient access to college entrance information, leading to difficulties in providing an education for their children.”

“Multicultural teenagers have a low rate of participation in private education, which also seems to be one of the factors,” the ministry added.

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