[Letters] Money no answer to education woesI understand the idea [“Improve public education, now,” March 2] that schools would be better if the education budget were higher. But I don’t agree that the government should invest more money in the current public education system.
Public education has changed a lot through the years. The number of native English speaking teachers are increasing. Public schools have extra programs for underachievers. Also, to reduce the cost of private education, schools provide after-school programs. The government still has many projects to undertake in order to reform public schools. It will cost a lot to make these changes. When Korea is suffering from an economic crisis, I doubt the government can afford to invest more money in public education. To sustain the current budget will be difficult. If public education receives more money, taxes will be higher. It’s the same with all governmental departments.
Before considering budget increases, it is necessary to manage the current budget effectively. Recently, public officials’ unlawful handling of funds enraged the people. The government even approved a request for a budget increase without any deliberation. That is proof that the budget is not managed properly.
Money plays a part in improving anything. But if we ask for money whenever we need changes, we will be under pressure from taxes. I hope we can find some other way to improve education.
Kim Ha-kyoung, English teacher,