Friday, February 25, 2011

South Korea: Report Warns of Aging Teaching Workforce

According to an article by Lee Ji-yoon in The Korea Herald, the Korean Educational Development Institute has issued a report, warning that South Korea's teaching workforce was getting older. Specifically, in 2010, the average ages of teachers at kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools were 31.8, 39.7, 41.3 and 41.5, respectively, reflecting increases since 2000 of 2.5 years, 0.8 years, 2.9 years and 1.7 years, respectively.
“Given that the aging teaching workforce is becoming a universal problem found in OECD member states, the Korean government needs to take follow-up measures to fill the potential teacher shortages,” the report said.
Universities have seen the largest change in older workers, with the percentage of teachers over 50 increasing from 29.5% ten years ago to 45.3% in 2010. For other teaching levels, those in their 50's and 60's increased from 19.8% to 21% in elementary schools, from 13.9% to 21% in middle schools, and from 14.4% to 22.9% for high schools.

Source: The Korea Herald "Report warns against aging teaching workforce" (February 25, 2011)

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