In 2007, 31.45 trillion Won was set for estimated expenditures for education. 27.648 trillion Won for kindergarten, primary and junior high school education, 3.4293 trillion Won for high school education, 307.3 billion Won for lifelong, vocational and international education, and 243.6 billion Won for other education. This is 6.6% higher than the 2006 education budget.
In kindergarten education, to expand the rage of free education for 5-year-old children and educational expense aid for 3 to 4-year-old child for urban workers under the average income level, 203.2 billion Won will be spent. In elementary and junior high school education, 101.7 billion Won is newly allocated to the ‘after school class’ program.
The government invests a budget only to schools not in big city for ‘making a clean school’ program and gives aid to hire one janitor in each 5876 elementary schools. ‘After school class’ and ‘making clean school’ program is matching investment programs which local governments should invest the same amount of the budget with state subvention and the local government is expected to bear quite a heavy burden.
In high school education, 2 billion Won is newly allocated to the ‘Admissions Officer’ as initiative program. The admission officer is a professional to select qualified student to take the completed curriculum and extra activities of an applicant into account.
289.5 billion Won was set for the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) which is the Korean Education Ministry’s education reform policy to train Koreans who can lead in the 21st century. The 1st strategy was from 1999 to 2005 and the 2nd strategy will be from 2006 to 2012. 2594 billion Won is set for the New University for Regional Innovation (NURI) to strengthen competitiveness of local universities and train qualified human resources, the government is to invest 1.42 billion Won from 2004 to 2008 and 218.9 billion Won for a school tuition fund for university students.