Movies Invested in by Gwangju Gain Popularity
As domestic movies in which the city of Gwangju invested become record box office hits, commercial success and tourism revitalization is expected in Gwangju.
According to the city of Gwangju, the total accumulated moviegoers for the film, ‘The Pirates’, that received investment for production from Gwangju, surpassed 8.2 million.
In addition, ‘Tazza: High Rollers 2′ that also received investment from the city for production and filming was released on September 3rd and recently marked total movie attendance at 3 million in 12 days since its initial release.
Based on the ‘Special Law on Formation of Asian Cultural Hub City’, the city of Gwangju initiated the cultural fund for investing in domestic films on September in 2012 with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
So far, Gwangju has invested a total of 26.9 billion won in 59 cultural content providers, including various domestic movies such as ‘The Terror Live’, ‘The Face Reader’, ‘The Fatal Encounter’ and ‘Kundo: Age of Rampant’.
Success of Gwangju-invested movies and cultural content is expected to bring a financial surplus of more than 910 million won whenever the total number of movie goers surpasses the 5 million mark.
‘9am School Start’ to be Under Review by Gwangju and Jeju Education Office
Upon the adoption of new school starting time at 9 a.m. by the Gyeonggi Education Office since early this month, educational offices in Gwangju and Jeju are also considering delaying school start hours for regional schools.
As some 86 percent of the entire elementary and secondary schools in Gyeonggi province have adopted the new start time, other progressive educational offices, such as the North Jeolla Office of Education will also move the start time to 9 a.m. starting on October.
The Gwangju Office of Education and its education head, Kim Seong-yeong, explained that the changes in school start time were generally welcomed among students in the area.
As a result, the office will be reviewing various measures to move back the school start time to 9 a.m.
Presently, elementary and middle schools in Gwangju start at 8:30 a.m. on average, with high schools starting as early as 7:40 a.m.
Whereas students showed a positive response toward changes in the school start time as it allows them more time in the morning to sleep, parents and teachers opposed the changes, insisting that the new school hour will bring down the average grades among local students.
Jeollanamdo Aims to Increase Newly Employed to 45,000 by 2018
Jeollanamdo will reportedly aim to create some 45,000 new jobs from this year to June in 2018.
The total number of employed personnel in Jeollanamdo currently stands at 919,000 and the province will aim at increasing the figure by 45,000 by the end of June, 2018, before the recently elected governor, Lee Nak-yeon finishes his term as governor.
As part of an effort to prevent an outflow of the young generation from the province, Jeollanamdo will also aim at creating 20,000 jobs for young job seekers out of the target 45,000.
If an additional 45,000 jobs are created by 2018, the employment rate will increase by 1.4 percent to 65 percent.
Monthly Private Education Fees in Gwangju at 239,000
The monthly cost for private education fees in Gwangju was tallied at 239,000 won this year, up 8,000 won from 2012, marking the 4th largest amount in metropolitan cities in Korea. In stark contrast, Jeollanamdo recorded the lowest figures in the nation at 168,000 won.
New Politics Alliance for Democracy lawmaker Yoon Gwan-seok from National Assembly Education, Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee released the ‘Elementary, Middle and High School Annual Private Tuition Costs’ yesterday. The capital city of Seoul reportedly spends the most money on private education at 328,000 won a month.
The monthly average cost for private education in Gwangju marked 209,000 won in 2009 and has been on an upward trend every year to 239,000 won this year.