Kongjin Elementary School, located in Gangseo-gu, has closed due to a sharp drop in the number of students. Since then, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education promoted the establishment of a special-education school (tentatively named Seojin School) on the site of Kongjin Elementary School from the end of 2013. However, the construction did not even start yet after 5 years. It is because of the conflict between the local politicians and residents who demand a National Oriental Medicine Hospital built instead. Both parties have been in a fierce standoff for years. The two debates held in the second half of 2017 also fell through and remained unresolved. If there was one gain, as the so-called “kneeling down video” became the talk of the town after the second debate, interest and support from all levels of society have increased. However, the underlying reality has not changed. The construction is making very slow progress, and the establishment of special-education schools in other regions is also facing strong opposition. The Gangseo Organization for Parents of the Disabled has already waited 16 years. The same goes for other regions across the country. That is why they desperately and fiercely cling to the last hope. Would Seojin School be able to safely open in March 2020?
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