Not so surprising but very frustrating for the stakeholders since Korea has been spending so much money on English education. It’s even more depressing considering that this is a country where test scores seem more important than actual knowledge gained. (Or should it be where perceived knowledge is based on a test score?)
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said private English language education bills increased nearly 12 percent last year, and annually the amount of money spent on English education reached 15 trillion won.
More than 90 percent of elementary school students receive private English education.
Denmark and the Netherlands together took first place with average scores of 102. Austria and Singapore came next with 100, followed by Belgium with 98 and Germany with 97. The Philippines, another Asian country that adopted English as an official language, like Singapore, ranked 32nd, with an average of 88 points.