Officialdom must lead on reformDismissing incompetent public servants is a very positive move for regional development. Since the reform started, popular complaints that had taken about a month to settle were solved in only two or three days. Settlements rose about 30 percent last year at the Ulsan south ward office.
Public society has to promote business creatively and progressively, with an entrepreneurial mind and competition. Lee Kun-hee declared the the new administration would “change everything except the wives and children” in 1993. He conquered the IMF and now his corporations have entered the first tier of the electronics industry.
But we must use verifiable indicators to judge. Especially, a newly elected head of a local government should take advantage of the privileges he has gained from his ideology and party. The teaching profession must change along with society. Even though many teachers oppose evaluations, that is the only way to develop. The nation can only develop if public officials change.
Park Bo-sik, a lecturer on public administration at Kookmin University