An enactment of Korea's traditional state examination at Gyeongbokgug Palace in Seoul a month or so ago would no doubt, remind one of the Chinese Keju, that is the system of the Imperial Examination in ancient China which was introduced during the Sui Dynasty. The examination which lasted more than 1,300 years was held to select talented people for future positions in civil service. The examination purportedly influencedthe education systems in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. There are also similarities in the personnel selection methods employed in France, Britain and America today so much so that it has been said that today's education system is its successor. Not bad for such an old rigid system!


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