The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology reported that over 300 universities and colleges in Korea will join the national campaign to reduce the enormous financial burden on students and their parents which the government, colleges and universities increasingly subjected them to over the last two decades.
The Ministry, colleges and universities are keen to stress that the move is not connected in any way with the demographic shift the country is undergoing, which has seen low birthrates gradually lead to fewer young people available to charge, leading to speculation that educational establishments will increasingly have to compete on price to attract students.
A Ministry spokesman said "The government has listened to people and is taking strong action to ensure that tuition fees are reasonable, or at least no more unreasonable than last year."
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