Korea’s falling birthrate is threatening teaching jobs in public schools, education offices’ recruitment plans showed. The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said it will hire 105 elementary school teachers this year, a major drop from 846 in 2016.
"The decision was inevitable because the number of students in Seoul keeps decreasing," an official said. "Many people are on a waiting list to be assigned positions even after passing the qualification test."
Meanwhile, in Gwangju, Korea’s sixth-largest city, only five people will be hired as elementary school teachers ― the lowest number ever ― down from 20 last year. For aspiring elementary school teachers, this is bad news. Many people preparing for education careers have expressed worry and anger over the offices’ plans. Some are calling for a rally in protest.
Korea’s shrinking birthrate, which has been below 1.5 over the past two decades, is a threat not just to workers in elementary schools but also to those in all schools, including universities.
inevitable：形容詞，不可避免的、勢必的。The eclipse of the ruling party was inevitable.（該執政黨的失勢實屬必然。）
decrease：動詞，減少。Total unemployment has decreased in the past year.（過去一年，總體失業已減少。）
aspiring：形容詞，渴望的、志在成為……。We met when he was an aspiring young law student.（我們相識時，他還是個有抱負的法學院年輕學子。）