SCHOOLS in Seoul, South Korea, have decided to increase the number of professional counsellors in a bid to prevent school violence.
The Seoul Metropolitan Education Office is set to raise the number of counsellors in the city’s elementary, middle and high schools, which currently stands at 549 to 896 for this year alone in a bid to root out rampant school violence,
It also plans to have all schools in the city equipped with at least one counsellor by 2014.
The move comes as the South Korean government steps up its fight against school violence after a series of teen suicides driven by school bullying. A court had recently sentenced two middle school students each to about three years in jail at the southeastern city of Daegu.
The duo had been persistently bullying their classmate who jumped to his death late last year.
Teachers, according to the education office, will also have their workload reduced. The move is to help them spend more time with their students who are vulnerable to acts of violence. - Bernama