June 19, 2018

College Exam: South Korea grounds all planes so students can concentrate

College Exam: South Korea grounds all planes so students can concentrate

South Korea fell silent on Thursday with heavy trucks banned and businesses opening late as more than 600,000 students sat the annual college entrance exam, which could define their future in the ultra-competitive country.

Success in the exam – which teenage South Koreans spend years preparing for – means a place in one of the elite colleges seen as key to a future career and even marriage prospects.

To clear the roads for the 606,000 students to ensure they arrive on time, government offices, major businesses and even Seoul’s stock market opened at 10am, an hour later than usual. Read more

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