The heavy pressure of examinations has led to high rates of depression among South Korean students. Therefore, South Korea became one of the countries with the highest student suicide rate in the world.
The achievements that the Korean education sector has achieved in the last 5 years are extremely impressive. In NJ’s top 20 best education rankings in 2017, Korea ranked first in the fourth year in a row, followed by Japan. However, in parallel with this achievement is the dark, extremely dangerous consequences are increasingly spreading in society.
Research by Stanford University shows that Korean parents, as well as Asians, are proud when their children learn better than other families, and spending a lot of time studying will help their children live better.
Australian students of East Asian origin often have better academic results than native speakers. These students usually spend an average of 15 hours per week to study after school, higher than the local students’ 9 hours. About 94% of East Asian Australian students aspire to go to university while the rate is much lower in native students, instead they dream of pursuing their passion or jobs that they like. Even former US President Barack Obama has also complained that American children spend less than a month each year than Korean students and that will make them not prepared enough for the labor market The 21 st century.
Statistic Korea’s report shows that suicide is one of the highest causes of death for Korean youth aged 9-24 in 2013. The cause of suicide by Korean students often comes from many factors. , led by learning pressure (39.2%), family problems (16.9%), financial difficulties (16.7%) or just loneliness (12.5% ).
Similarly, OECD data show that Korea is one of the countries with the highest suicide rate in the world with 28.9%. The country also ranks first in household debt, depression, divorce and alcoholism rates in OECD. Surveys also show that more than 50% of Korean students aged 11-15 are severely ill each day for their study and examination, higher than any OECD member country.