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Grandson of S. Korea's Wealthiest Man, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee, Uses System for Only Poor People to Enter "Noble" School
Chosun Ilbo Breaks Story of Unfair Entrance Case
Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee

The grandson of Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-Hee (), South Korea's wealthiest man, entered elite and expensive Younghoon International Middle School by using a system, which is available for only children of the socially weak people, reported nation's largest daily Chosun Ilbo on its Feb. 22, 2013 edition.

Entrance competition rates for international middle schools are very tough as they are considered as a vouch for elite high schools and eventually for top universities in South Korea.

The special application system was introduced for the children of the socially poor class in 2008 as the international middle schools were under fire for their extremely high tuition.

Back then the schools were criticized as the schools for children of wealthy and noble class.

The mass circulation daily quoted the sources of the school in revealing the story.

According to the newspaper, the grandson of Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee () , or the son of Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Lee (), was one of the 128 students who entered the middle school in 2013.

Among them are 32 students who entered the school under the system for the children of the social poor.

The system, according to the regulations, is only for children of poor parents, single parent family, parentless children, and children of defectors from North Korea.

Samsung Vice Chairman Lee divorced his wife, Lim Se-Ryeong, an executive of Daesang Business Group in 2009.

Meanwhile, the daily quoted Samsung sources as saying "Children of divorced parents should well be taken care of emotionally. There are no regulations violated (regarding this issue)."



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