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S. Korea's e-learning market up 12.1 pct in 2012

All Headlines 16:09 March 26, 2013

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's market for online or electronic education systems dubbed "e-learning" rose sharply last year due to the rising demand for services on mobile devices, the government said Tuesday.

The combined sales of the country's e-learning service operators came at 2.7 trillion won (US$2.48 billion) last year, compared to 2.45 trillion won tallied a year earlier, according to the data by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy.

Of South Koreans aged three and above, 53.3 percent used e-learning services in 2012, up 0.5 percentage point from 52.8 percent tallied the previous year, the data showed.

The ministry attributed the growth to the rising number of students with mobile devices, as 30.2 percent of South Koreans aged three and above experienced using e-learning services through portable equipments last year.

The ratio of schools using e-learning systems in official curricula increased 3.6 percentage points on-year to reach 85.9 percent in 2012, while the figure edged down 1.6 percentage points to 77.3 percent for public institutions.

The ministry said it plans to foster small and medium industry players through a support center that will assist the development of customized e-learning services.

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