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S. Korea's new school year to begin next week with online classes Updated: 2020-03-31 17:08:31 KST

South Korea's new school year, which had been due to start on April 6th, will be pushed back yet another three days.

"From April 9th, classes for the 2020 school year will gradually start for elementary, middle and high schools nationwide, except for kindergartens, but for the first time, classes will be taught online."

The education minister said the exact start date will differ by grade, and will be phased in.
Students in their third and final years of high school and middle school will start April 9th.
The next date is April 16th.
That's for other high school and middle school students and elementary school students in the fourth to sixth grades.
The youngest students, in first to third grade, will start April 20th.
Kindergartens and day care centers are postponed indefinitely.

South Korea's college entrance exam, known as 'Suneung', will also be rescheduled.

"Suneung will be postponed for 2 weeks and will be conducted on December 3rd, 2020. Other related dates will be adjusted accordingly and will be announced next month."

The ministry said that rescheduling Suneung, which was originally set for November 19th, was an inevitable step to ease the difficulties faced by students and teachers.
It's being postponed for only the 4th time since it was introduced back in 1993.
The first time was in 2005 when the city of Busan held the APEC leaders' summit.
The second delay was in 2010 when Seoul held the G20 summit, and the third time was in 2017 after an earthquake struck the southeastern city of Pohang.
Eum Jiyoung Arirang News.
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