Korean colleges to simplify admission rules

Korean colleges to simplify admission rules

SEOUL - As a solution, the ministry will introduce a set of guidelines and limit the number of appraisal schemes to no more than six per university.

The outlines also include a one-stop service that allows students to submit a single application via Internet and apply to multiple universities.

"Teachers and students will benefit by having a simplified admissions system," Education Minister Seo Nam-soo said in a press conference.

"The new system will reduce costs and save time for both colleges and students," he added, nothing that the plans will be finalized in October after completing a series of public hearings.

The ministry announced it will also make a several changes to the standard college entrance exams.

It said it will put history on the list of mandatory subjects ― along with Korean, math and English ― on the College Scholastic Ability Test, and will require all colleges to use the test scores for admission.

Currently, students are allowed to choose two of 10 optional subjects, including Korean history, world history, geography, economics and politics, for the CSAT's social studies section.

The decision came after President Park Geun-hye said that she was worried about the young generations' increasing ignorance of the country's history.

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