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Boot camp drills South Korean students for exams

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 01:07

Nov. 6 - A bootcamp-style boarding school is filled with young South Koreans keen to retake and improve their exam results to gain entrance to one of the country's top universities. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Pupils study at a school in South Korea, where a strict regime is helping students improve their grades. Deung Yong Moon is one of several private boarding schools preparing students for college entry exams. But to get them working hard, a bootcamp regime is enforced. For nine months students dedicate their waking hours to the test. Conversations between men and women are forbidden here and there is no access to television, or the internet. Security cameras also monitor the students' every move. SOUNDBITE: SOUTH KOREA'S COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM RETAKER, 20-YEAR-OLD CHO HWAN, SAYING (Korean): "I feel really suffocated here. I've already written down things I want to do after the exam. I feel so suffocated, seriously." Despite the discipline, school officials say they get results. Annual collage entry exams are a stressful time for students and many fall foul of the pressures to succeed. Around 140,000 are due to take this year's exam, which will take place on November 8th.

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Boot camp drills South Korean students for exams

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 01:07

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