Busan News for Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

천마산 tunnel

Now that a preferred private bidder has been chosen to construct the 천마산 tunnel, which will be part of the costal beltway in Busan, construction can start as early as next June.

The city has reported that the Daewoo consortium will be the company that will construct the tunnel connecting the Namhang bridge and the Gamcheon port.

If the deliberating committee within the Ministry of Strategy and Finance can come to an agreement on total working expenses and projected traffic volume, construction will being in the middle of next year and should be finished in December of 2014.

The government is expected to provide less than 30% of the total working expenses which may reach nearly 300 billion won.

The toll fee will be set by the Daewoo consortium, but is estimated to be around 1200 won for a compact car.

The North Port

The 134th North Port anniversary ceremony will be held at the 수미르 park near the Busan Port Coast Passengers Terminal beginning at 2pm today(26).
The event is being hosted by the citizens group “loving Busan” and the Busan Port Development Association.
There will be a variety of events including a prayer festival, dancing, a speech, and the launching of balloons to bring good luck for the North Port’s successful re-development.
The redevelopment project involves revising the constitution of the North Port which has been off limits to citizens for the last 140 years.
The port is expected to generate huge wealth for the country as well as help to further develop Busan. It will include a variety of offices for tourism, finance, and international businesses and aims to become a mecca for various high-end industries.

The 134th North Port anniversary ceremony will be held at the 수미르 park near the Busan Port Coast Passengers Terminal beginning at 2pm today(26).
The event is being hosted by the citizens group “loving Busan” and the Busan Port Development Association.
There will be a variety of events including a prayer festival, dancing, a speech, and the launching of balloons to bring good luck for the North Port’s successful re-development.
The redevelopment project involves revising the constitution of the North Port which has been off limits to citizens for the last 140 years. The port is expected to generate huge wealth for the country as well as help to further develop Busan. It will include a variety of offices for tourism, finance, and international businesses and aims to become a mecca for various high-end industries.

Cherry Blossom Festival

The region’s largest cherry blossom festival, the 진해 군항제, also known as the 진해 naval port festival, will be held in 중원 로터리 and nearby streets for 11 days beginning April 1st.

The opening ceremony will include a variety of events including a performance by the naval band, an opening speech, fireworks, and a performance by a guest singer.

The military marching ceremony and the 2010 진해 pipe and wind instrument festival will be held in 중원 로터리 and 제황산 park from the 2nd to the 4th.

On the 6th the 8th victory march and memorial ceremony will be held to commemorate 충무공 이순신, the naval hero of the 한산도 battle, which is one of the 4 major world naval battles.

The “진해 street fair” ‘ will be set up at 중원 2길 in 중원 로터리 to temporarily promote indigenous and local products and food.

The “culture street fair” will be set up at 중원 7길 to host performances, art ehibitions, and sporting events.

Busan Superintendent of Education Election
More candidates are putting their names on the ballot to run for the office of superintendant of education. 임혜경, former principal at 용호 elementary school and 이성호, former principal at 기장 highschool completed the registration process yesterday(23).
Up til now, 6 candidates have been registered, including former city council member, 현영희, chairman of the Busan School Safety Benefit Association 임장근, Koshin University professor, 이병수, and East Busan University professor, 정형명.
박영관, former member of the board of education and 김진성, President of the Busan Teacher’s General Association are also planing to register as candidates by early next month, along with Pusan National University professor 임정덕, bringing the field of candidates to a total of 9.
Chinese Teachers to learn from Korean Education System
The Chinese Ministry of Education is planning to send Chinese teachers to Busan, now that city’s education office has signed an MOU with officials from their Chinese counterparts at the Chinese Embassy in Korea.
Native Chinese teachers will be dispatched to 26 area elementary, middle, and high schools on a 1 year contract beginning this March.
China will cover the costs of airfare and salaries and Busan will take care of housing and health insurance.
This is the first time that China will send teachers to Korea and also pay for their wages.
Multicultural Education in Busan
Reports show that an increasing number of children from multi-cultural families are not attending public school programs.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, there are 23,900 elementary school, 6,700 middle school, and 4,600 high school students from multi-cultural families.
When these figures are compared to resident registration numbers at the Ministry of Public Administration and Security it shows that 19% of children from multi-cultural families are not enrolled in school.
In Busan’s case, the rate is far worse than the national average. For example, there are only 1120 elementary school, 364 middle school, and 253 high school students attending from multi-cultural families.
Considering registration rates this shows that nearly 30% of children from multi-cultural families are not enrolled in school.
This rate is up to 8.3 times higher compared to the number of Korean students who are not attending school.

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