Some people seem to think that Seoul has too many international schools:
But critics complain the metropolitan area is already overcrowded with schools with classes run in English or other languages, and what foreign investors need is not easier access to mediocre education, but high quality courses at more affordable rates.
“I don’t think that Seoul has a shortage of international schools,” an expat who has lived here for three years with two school-age children said.
“But it should be noted that many are struggling to invite suitably qualified teachers like those that are available back home.”
The American, who refused to be named, added some small- and mid-sized schools are rudimentary in their campus environment.
Seoul City doesn’t think so, though:
A Seoul official admitted the concern that the city is overcrowded with such schools, but stressed it was not negative in the long run.
“At the moment, people may see it as overcrowded. But it’s sort of a rite of passage to become more attractive to foreign investors,” said Jang Young-min, deputy director of the city’s competitiveness policy division.
“As proven by surveys, foreign investors see the capital as a lucrative market but the lack of facilities to educate their children is making them reluctant to make forays into Seoul. It’s an investment for a bigger return.”
As I’ve said before, I don’t think the issue of international schools will ever be financially relevant to me, but I’m still curious:
- How good is the education at these places?
- How “foreign” are the student bodies? Or to put this another way, is this a way to provide rich Koreans a place where they can send their kids on yuhak without actually sending them on yuhak?
- Is there really in insufficient number of these places?