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JIEUN CHOI

VIA22 APAC

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Challenge

I am thinking about how to support slow learners in rural areas. In particular, it is difficult to attend cram schools that are common in Korea in our area. Because transportation is inconvenient. For this reason, educational benefits are also limited. Slow learners' learning difficulties require continuous support because they are complexly intertwined with not only cognitive problems, but also emotional and environmental problems. However, Korea's rural schools have a small number of teachers, so there is a lot of administrative work and a lot of class time, so there is not enough manpower and time to support these students. However, the Ministry of Education or local Education Offices are trying to solve the problem by providing additional subject classes. I would like to question whether this is effective. It is difficult for these students to take additional subject classes. Because many of them have already lost interest in studying. Because of the remote location, it is difficult to find instructors to provide supplementary lessons for these students. Even with an instructor, there is no transportation after school to attend classes and return home. Even if classes are offered online, students do not have the ability to control themselves, and parents are often unable to take care of them, making it difficult to cope with technical problems. Even parents who are interested in education respond to these issues by purchasing additional cram school’s voucher. This accumulated lack of learning cannot be resolved by taking supplementary learning for one semester, so continuous support is needed. However, the school's homeroom and subject teachers are replaced every year, and they change schools regularly. It is not easy to continue to support students in schools under these circumstances, and this problem is becoming increasingly difficult to solve.