The Seoul education office decided Tuesday to cancel licenses for eight out of 13 “autonomous private high schools” in Seoul, as the education authorities and the government push for scrapping the privileged category of schools and bringing equality to public education.

The cancellation came after the eight high schools — Kyunghee, Paichai, Sewha, Soongmoon, Shinil, Choongang and two high schools affiliated with Ewha Womans University and Hanyang University, respectively — failed to reach the achievement standard of 70 in a performance test administrated by the office. 

Such schools must pass the test every five years in order to have their status extended. Currently 42 autonomous private high schools are up and running across the country, and 24 schools, including the 13 in the capital,

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