As online classes for elementary, middle and high school students were rolled out in phases starting from April 9, 2020, the Ministry of Education assisted families in need with the rental of necessary IT devices for remote learning such as desktops, laptops and tablets. The Ministry of Education also supported students with free internet (for low-income families) and mobile data to access e-learning sites in order to guarantee the equal opportunity for education. A taskforce was organized, consisting of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and ICT, related agencies, cellular companies, and cloud service providers, to optimize communication networks and prepare for any technical issues. Additionally, the infrastructure has been expanded to provide a more stable service. For seniors of high schools, one-on-one online counseling will be offered through their homeroom teachers and career counselors to help them prepare for their careers, university admission, and university entrance exam. In addition, educational content is being broadcast live on TV channels such as EBS so that students can easily access educational materials. More online content and public resources have been added to platforms. Many of them are developed under public-private partnerships Guidelines for online classes were provided for not only basic classroom management but also sustaining online classes in the longer-term perspective.

The private sector has also pitched in with innovative solutions to facilitate online learning.

[Public-Private Cooperation for Online Education]

Free services provided by Edutech companies

 

Type of Service

Company

Major Contents

Online lectures for students

Wizschool

Offers student-centered customized learning contents

Online platform for schools, etc.

Classum

A platform for real-time interactive online education

Classting

Provides mobile school newsletters, AI-based customized learning services, etc.

MJ World

Real-time online classes (smart learning)

Online platform

Naver

A platform for internet information service, real-time interactive online education

Kakao

A platform for internet information service, real-time interactive online education

At home childcare service

Jaranda

Provides a child-teacher matching service through the use of algorithm (age, characteristics, etc.)

 

Noldam

An hourly childcare service offered by certified baby sitters

 

Further details of online class support by the Ministry of Education can be found here.

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