South Korean Government Decided to Include K-Pop in the School Curriculum
South Korean schools have begun to include K-pop into their school subjects. For example, Gwangcheon High School even redesigned its curriculum to specialize in national pop music. Moreover, the institution has been renamed the High School of K-pop and Performing Arts. The school got over 10 million dollars of investments from the regional government.
It was also reported that in several schools, K-pop has become an academic subject in both elementary and middle grades.
Interest in the development of the K-pop industry arises from the success of a boy band, BTS. Last summer, the Korean Band was listed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their first all-English single, Dynamite. After that, a report was published where it was estimated that the song brought the country up to 1.5 billion dollars.
In December 2020, the South Korean parliament announced that famous members of K-pop groups will receive a pardon from the army until they turn 30. According to South Korean law, all able-bodied young people between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve in the army for about 20 months. The only exceptions were the most famous artists, classical music performers, and athletes.
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