Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Teen Dating Still Punished By 80% of Korean Secondary Schools

I suspected that dating was looked down upon by public high schools and middle schools in Korea, but I was unaware that students were punished with suspensions if caught.

Eight out of 10 middle and high schools nationwide were found to have been maintaining rules disciplining students for engaging in relationships or physical contact with the opposite sex, a rights advocacy group for teenagers said Tuesday.
According to a report issued by “Asunaro” (, 286 secondary schools out of 354 across the country, or 81 percent, have internal regulations preventing students from dating or having physical contact with those of the opposite gender.
In Yangpyong County, Gyeonggi Province, all middle and high schools are found to have rules against dating among students, with 119 out of 142 schools in Busan maintaining similar guidelines that specifically reprimand those engaging in relationships with fellow students.
Asunaro said the education authorities and schools have been infringing upon the students’ rights, stressing that they should scrap regulations banning on-campus relationships.
“All that the schools care about is creating overly strict rules and punishing students for dating. Teenagers should be allowed to exercise their rights over their own sexuality both inside and outside schools,” an Asunaro official said.
The group also said that some schools even prohibited students from exchanging gifts on birthdays and other special occasions.
Students with a boyfriend or a girlfriend are forced to write a report about their relationship and schools break up social clubs if members are caught dating. Just like adults, teens are human beings and should be given the right to choose what they want to do.”
It then said schools should abolish the “discriminatory” rules against students and respect their rights to their own sexuality, as well as provide them with more practical sex education.
According to Asunaro, two students recently quit an Incheon high school voluntarily because of rules suspending those caught three times for dating, while one middle school in Gwangju called in all students involved in relationships with boyfriends or girlfriends to one place and ordered them to stop the behavior.
I find it odd that it is legal for a fifty year old Korean man to have sex with a thirteen year Korean girl (as long as she is not paid and claims it is consensual), but if two seventeen year olds in high school want to change their facebook statuses and give each other birthday gifts, they can get suspended from a public school.

There is a great deal I admire about Korea, but they are hopelessly fu**ed up when it comes to sex.  Additionally, I would love to know what sex education is like in a Korean public school.  I hope that the answer is not that "there is none."


Daniel said...
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Daniel said...

unfortunately this is 10 year old info but my gf who is Korean told me that her sex ed in public school was basically about how the sperm enters the egg and a baby is made. Then they learned about abstinence and thats all. It was only about 3 classes long and she says it was not informative at all and really pushed shame on having sex. I wonder how it is these days? I asked but my co-teachers were really embarrassed to tell me about it and danced around the subject and giggled a lot. The fact that a 30 year Korean person asked me if a woman could get pregnant from oral sex is kinda disturbing. I know these types of questions can come from any culture or country but the person was a teacher at my school. I think, unfortunately, most of my students get their info from porn and rumors. If things are as bad as I think, I hope for our students sake sex ed is grossly improved upon ASAP

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