Danwon students to get special admission to colleges

Rival political parties have agreed to give students of Danwon High School in South Korea special consideration for admission to higher education because they were unable to study after nearly 300 of their schoolmates died during the Sewol ferry disaster, writes Jung Min-ho for the Korea Times.

According to Lee Wan-koo, floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, the parties agreed on details of the special admissions programme. The details will be released soon. Lawmakers have submitted four bills in the National Assembly to allow the students to be given dispensations when they apply to colleges.

Some universities, including Kyunghee and Konkuk, will also allow the students to apply for their own special admission programmes. Representatives from the Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy have formed a task force to discuss details of a special admission programme, which they planned to pass last week.
Full report on the Korea Times site