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Posted : 2013-08-04 17:40
Updated : 2013-08-04 17:40

Number of multiracial students exceeds 50,000

By Bahk Eun-ji

The number of students from multiracial families has topped 50,000 for the first time ever, accounting for 0.89 percent among the total number at primary and secondary schools across the nation, the Ministry of Education said Sunday.

According to the ministry, the number stood at 55,767 as of April 1, up 8,813 or 18.8 percent from last year, and a six-fold increase over seven years compared to 9,389 in 2006 when the government started compiling data.

The government statistics didn’t cover children attending foreign schools.

By school, the number of elementary school children was 39,423 or 71 percent, those at middle schools were 11,235 or 20 percent, and those at high schools were 4,827 or 9 percent. According to the statistics, 45,674 or 82 percent of children are from interracial couples, born in the country, and 4,931 ones or 8 percent were born overseas and came to Korea.

The number of children from foreign families stood at 5,162 or 9.3 percent.

The ministry set up 50 pre-schools where children from multiracial families can learn Korean language and culture before they enrol at regular schools.


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