Digital revolution has struck the South Korean education industry – according to the country’s Ministry of Education, students will be equipped with e-books and tablets instead of paperback books by 2015.
The government has already agreed to invest $2 billion to make the move successful, and if everything falls into their respective places according to the plan, contents of ordinary textbooks will be made available to the students in digital form, along with various other multimedia resources.
The students will also be provided with free tablet devices, and they will be able to access textbooks exactly the same way as downloading eBooks from online retailers such as Amazons.
The move, according to the government, will come as a much needed relief for parents who are often seen struggling with the growing costs of textbooks with every passing year.
“It will be up to schools to decide which digital textbooks to choose for students in what year in what subject,” a ministry official claimed, according to a report by The Chosunilbo.
“We don’t expect the shift to digital textbooks to be difficult as students today are very accustomed to the digital environment,” he added.