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Reporter : Bahk Eun-ji
Fri, February 23, 2024 | 19:38
Does serving spicy food to young children violate human rights?
A controversy has arisen over whether serving spicy food as part of children's school lunches at kindergartens attached to elementary schools is in violation of their human rights. Parents are showing mixed responses over the issue, after a civic group, Political Mamas, filed a complaint on Tuesday with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) against the Ministr...
Parents in quandary over vaccinating children
Parents are at a loss over whether to have their children get COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the resumption of full-scale in-person classes later this month. While the health authorities are encouraging them to do so, citing an increasing number of infections among children recently, many parents are still hesitant due to concerns about possible side effects. The stance taken by ...
Election camp of PPP runner-up disbanded
Hong Joon-pyo, a lawmaker of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP), waves at supporters at his presidential primary election campaign office on Yeouido, Seoul, Monday, as it is disbanded following his defeat by former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl in the final primary last Friday. Yonhap
Booster shots for Janssen vaccine
A woman receives a COVID-19 booster shot at a clinic in Seoul, Monday, when they began to be offered to people who had received Johnson & Johnson's Janssen single-dose vaccine. The government also plans to introduce coronavirus treatment pills in February, after signing a pre-purchase contract with Merck for doses for 200,000 people in September and another with Pfizer fo...
Over 80% of workers positive about pandemic-led working culture changes
More than eight out of 10 workers in Korea are positive about the new work environment and culture that have been brought about due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll showed, Friday. According to the survey by Job Korea of 412 workers, 86.9 percent said they were satisfied with the coronavirus-induced working “culture.”
Parents seek private academic assessment tests for elementary students
Lee Sae-ron, a second grader at an elementary school in northern Seoul's Nowon-gu, has been taking English and math assessment tests offered by a publishing company of study materials every semester since last year. Such academic performance evaluations have grown popular, because elementary schools across the country do not administer mid-term and final exams.
Universities struggling to resume in-person lectures
Although the country has begun its “Living with COVID-19” strategy, meant to phase out virus restrictions gradually, many universities are struggling to resume in-person lectures.
Father donates organs from brain dead 5-year-old daughter to save children
The organs of a five-year-old girl who was declared brain dead following an accident, were donated to save other sick children. The Korea Organ Donation Agency (KODA) said Wednesday that the father of the girl who was named Jeon So-yul consented to the donation of his daughter's heart and both kidneys to three children at Seoul National University Hospital, Oct. 28, upon conf...
Seoul City's bike-sharing service to undergo upgrade
Seoul City is planning to enhance convenience of the capital's public bike-sharing service, Ttareungyi, which has been gaining popularity since its introduction in 2015. At the end of last month, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said he was preparing for “Ttareungyi Season 2” with an upgraded system and services.
Debates rise over discrimination against unvaccinated
People are showing mixed reactions to stories about jobseekers who claimed that companies refused to hire them because they were unvaccinated against COVID-19 and had no plans to get inoculation. Some denounced the companies for discriminating against the unvaccinated, while others said they understand the companies would want to reduce the possibility of infections spreading...