Public Transportation Expanded and Work Hour Adjusted for Suneung Day
Public transportation, such as buses and subways, will be expanded for the College Scholastic Aptitude Test or College Entrance Exam Day set for November 13th, along with adjustments in work hours among public organizations.
Starting time for public organizations and governmental associations will be delayed by 1 hour to 10 o’clock in the morning and expanded public transportation will be in operation to help students and test takers.
The Ministry of Education, along with the city of Gwangju and the province of Jeollanamdo, also released a set of measures aimed at rescheduling of airline flights to reduce noise. In accordance, the operation of flights will be banned for 25 minutes during the English listening test scheduled from 1:10 p.m.
This year’s CSAT will be held from 8:40 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 13th at 1,216 nationwide test rooms with the total number of test takers amounting to around 640,000, down some 10,000 from last year.
In Gwangju, 21,000 test takers will take the exam, along with 19,000 in Jeollanamdo.
Mayor of Gwangju Reinforces Communication Through Various Programs
The city of Gwangju and its mayor Yoon Jang-hyeon have released a set of measures to reinforce communication with citizens.
The city will recruit participants for the ‘One Day Citizen Mayor’ program recently introduced and adopted by the mayor to seek citizens’ participation and communication with the municipalities.
Participants for the ‘One Day Citizen Mayor’ will be given opportunities to accompany the mayor to governmental meetings, official events and conferences throughout the day.
Anyone who is a Gwangju citizen can sign up for the program and applications can be found on the official webpage of the city at gwangju.go.kr.
First adopted by the capital city of Seoul in 2012, the ‘One Day Citizen Mayor’ program has gained positive reviews from participants and citizens for promoting effective communication with the mayor and municipalities in the city.
Gwangju Biennale to Offer Special Discount on Local University Students
The Gwangju Biennale Foundation will carry out a special discount event for local university students from Gwangju and Jeollanamdo until November 7th.
The Biennale will offer discount admission of 4,000 won to those visitors who present student identification cards from local universities in Gwangju and Jeollanamdo.
In addition, various artistic items on sale in the souvenir shop inside the Biennale, such as eco-bags, notebooks, and cups, will be discounted at 10 percent for those students with identification cards.
The 2014 Gwangju Biennale, themed ‘Burning Down the House’, and exhibiting some 413 artworks from 103 artists in 38 countries, will continue its run through this Sunday.
Jeollanamdo-recognized Child Care Center to be Created
Jeollanamdo will implement a ‘Jeollanamdo Certified Child Care Center’ to improve the child-care environment in the province starting next year.
Starting next year, in order to improve local childcare agencies for a more systematical operation and management, a total of 50 childcare centers will be designated and recognized as certified children’s centers annually for four years.
In Jeollanamdo, a total of 1,231 childcare centers and kindergartens are in operation and among them, nursery facilities owned and operated by private and household child care centers take up some 73 percent.
Out of the 73 percent of individually owned nursery facilities in Jeollanamdo, nearly 35 percent have not been inspected or received evaluation for certification. The need for a more systematic management and evaluation of the respective facilities has been on the rise over the years.