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South Korea Plan to Lower School Age Stokes Anger at President

  • Education reform feuds adds to Yoon Suk Yeol’s early struggles
  • South Korea aims to lower school entry age to five years old
Yoon Suk Yeol

Yoon Suk Yeol

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s plan to reduce the school entry age a year to five has sparked protests from teachers and parents, adding to the woes of his government as it struggles to find support after nearly three months in power.

About three dozen civic groups staged a protest Monday outside the presidential office against what critics contend is a hastily conceived move that could be detrimental to the development of young children and would step up competition in an already overheated education sector.