50,930 vie for 9,300 slots at Korean Language test

Less than 10,000 youth out of 50,930 sitting for the Korean language proficiency test held yesterday (15) and today (16) will be able to work in South Korea.

The test conducted by the Examinations Department, along with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and Human Resources Development Service of Korea, will be held in 10 centres in Colombo, where only 9,300 can qualify for employment in South Korea. Ananda College, Nalanda College, Asoka College, Thurstan College, Mahanama College, St. Paul’s Girls School, Milagiriya, Colombo Hindu Boy’s College, Isipathana College, D.S. Senanayake College and President’s College, Maharagama, are the 10 exam centres.

The test is being held for the ninth time, and this year recorded the highest number of applicants. Last year, about 22,000 qualified to sit for the exams.

Heavy security will be deployed in and around exam centres to avoid malpractices, on which the Korean government has expressed concern.

Candidates are requested to bring their original national identity card, driving licence and passport for verification of identity by face. Earlier in August, Police Park down Havelock Road was inundated with Korean job seekers standing in long queues and sleeping on pavements to obtain admission forms for the exams.

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