South Korean households’ private education spending is growing much faster than their disposable income, statistics showed Thursday, posing a key challenge to the country’s efforts to revive the economy through domestic consumption.
According to a recent survey published by Statistics Korea, the average monthly spending on private education by city-dwelling families of two or more people stood at 226,575 won in the third quarter of last year, a 6 percent increase compared to 2015.
For families with income over 4 million won, private education spending amounted to 618,000 won, compared to families earning between 1 million to 2 million won per month who spend around 45,000 won per month on their children’s education, the data showed.
To meet the increased expenditure on private education, the surveyed households reduced their budgets for food and drinks to 4 percent of their income, health services to 8 percent, communication device bills to 3 percent and entertainment to 1 percent, the data showed.
expenditure：名詞，支出、費用。Unnecessary expenditures include those luxury items.（不必要的花費包括那些奢侈品。）
disposable：形容詞，一次性的（用完即扔的）、可任意使用的。Every disposable man was sent.（可動用的人手全派出去了。）
dwell：動詞，居住、生活。I dwell in happiness.（我活得快樂。）