South Korea’s educational privilege scandal widens after politicians shave their heads

South Korea's educational privilege scandal widens after politicians shave their heads

A South Korean opposition leader has been caught up in a scandal over educational privilege just days after her colleague shaved his head in protest over a similar controversy involving a government minister. 
On Wednesday, prosecutors in Seoul, the South Korean capital, opened a probe into allegations that Na Kyung-won, the parliamentary floor leader of the opposition Liberty Korea party, pressured a Seoul National University professor to accept her son as an intern.
Even the hint of alleged undue influence in gaining access to elite universities threatens to spark public outrage in the world’s 11th largest economy where competition in higher education is fierce and school pupils come under enormous pressure to succeed. 
News about the investigation of Ms Na broke two days after her colleague in the upper ranks of the LKP,  Hwang Kyo-ahn, shaved his hair off in front of Seoul’s presidential palace to call for the resignation of Cho Kuk, the new justice minister, whose family is embroiled in corruption allegations. 
The symbolic act has been a long-standing tradition of protest and resistance in the East Asian nation, rooted in Confucian teaching.  

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