May 21 : In order to facilitate the aspiring Nepali migrant workers, South Korea is preparing to conduct the test for Korean language under the employment permit system (EPS) virtually. This has come after the cancellation of the very test which was slated to take place through their actual physical presence this month due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal.
“We simply want to provide jobs in our country to those Nepali youths looking for the same under the EPS. This is why, we are making preparations to enable them to sit for the online test even though the off-line one was nullified,”Nepal-based EPS Korea’s HRD chief Park Hee Sung said in a meeting of the Department of Employment here on Tuesday (March 29).
Workers from 16 countries have been engaged in various jobs in South Korea after passing the language test given under the EPS. Nepal is also among these 16 countries.
More than 40,000 Nepali youths are employed here in Korea under this system. Every year, around 7,000 Nepali youths have been directly coming for work in South Korea. This year also the South Korean government had allocated 7,000 seats to Nepal. It was uncertain when the Korean language tests under EPS would take place after the Government of Nepal announced lockdown on March 14 to prevent coronavirus pandemic in the country. The Korean government’s decision to take youths for employment subjecting them to online language test has come as a positive news for thousand of Nepali youths aspiring to work in Korea.