Home > Believe it or not!, Tips > Lights out, make babies

Lights out, make babies

Jan 20, 2010
Lights out, make babies

SEOUL – SOUTH Korea’s health ministry, which is charged with boosting the nation’s low birthrate, is turning off the lights in its offices once a month to encourage staff to go home early and make more babies.

The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday the switches will be flicked at 7.30 pm every third Wednesday in the month to ‘help staff get dedicated to childbirth and upbringing’. Those with urgent duties will be exempt from the switch-off.

‘Going home early may have no direct link to having more kids, but you cannot just completely rule out a possible link between them,’ Choi Jin Sun, who is in charge if the project at the ministry, told AFP.

Low birthrate is a pressing issue in this fast-ageing society. South Korea’s birthrate – the average number of babies born during a woman’s lifetime – remained near the world’s lowest at 1.19 in 2008 and there are fears the population will begin shrinking within a decade.

‘It won’t be too long before our children are burdened with supporting the elderly,’ Health Minister Jeon Jae Hee told the Korea Times newspaper.

‘Korea may lose out in the global economic competition due to a lack of manpower. It is actually the most urgent and important issue the country is facing.’ Married staff at the ministry are not doing their bit, with an average of 1.63 children compared to the average of 1.82 among all civil servants. The ministry aims to increase the figure to 2.0 in two years. — AFP

Advertisements
Categories: Believe it or not!, Tips Tags: , ,
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: