South Korea accused of rewriting history in new school textbook

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South Korea has pushed ahead with a highly controversial plan to introduce government-issued history textbooks in schools, despite angry protests by opposition parties and academics.

The policy has become a bitter ideological battleground between left and right in South Korea, with the government claiming the changes are necessary to correct a “pro-North Korean” bias. Critics have accused president Park Geun-Hye’s administration of seeking to manipulate and distort the narrative of how the South Korean state was created.

Following an obligatory 20-day period to canvass public opinion, prime minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn and education minister Hwang Woo-Yea confirmed that from 2017 middle and high school students would each receive a single government-issued history textbook.




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