By Kwon Mee-yoo
Third graders at high school are possibly the most hard-working students in Korea, sleeping 5 hours and 24 minutes per day and studying for 11 hours on average, a survey said.
Statistics Korea announced the average characteristics of high school seniors based on a general time use survey, Sunday.
The third graders, preparing for college admission, studied an average of 11 hours and three minutes per day, three hours longer than the average of all students
Their leisure and personal time was about one hour less than that of all students.
Around 30 percent of students did not have breakfast five days a week and 66 percent ate fast food such as hamburgers, pizza or fried chicken at least once a week.
In education, more than half, or 57 percent, of students receive private tuition.
Only 31 percent were pleased with educational methods, as opposed to 23 percent who were not.
They also opposed corporal punishment, one of the hot potatoes in education. Half of the seniors said no to corporal punishment, while about two thirds of them said teachers should not scold or use abusive words to address students.
The most influential source in selecting future careers was parents, followed by the Internet, friends, television and home room teachers.
Their biggest worry was obviously study at 68 percent and other concerns included appearance, occupation and home environment.
Friends were the best counselors for those with worries followed by parents. About 20 percent of the students said they would settle the problem by themselves.
They mostly have conflicts with their parents because of college admissions and careers (46 percent) and their academic record (38 percent).
About 80 percent of the third graders said they were under stress, especially regarding school life.