Teachers’ union moves to adjust gov’t reforms

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Teachers’ union moves to adjust gov’t reforms

Around 187,000 teachers from the nation’s largest network of teachers and administrators are moving to ease the government’s latest education reform measures.

The Korean Federation of Teachers’ Association announced yesterday that its members signed an “agreement” - rather than a full-blown petition - calling for several adjustments to the government’s education policies, including reducing the number of principals hired by public recruitment and easing evaluation or administrative policies for teachers.

In March, the government announced that principals at 4,000 public elementary, middle and high schools nationwide - half of all such schools in the country - will be employed through public recruitment. The new policy aims to prevent corruption and boost transparency in faculty employment and evaluation.

Currently only around 5 percent of principals are picked through public recruitment.

“Even though a public discussion or hearing should take place before important administrative reform concerning teachers, the public recruitment system for principals was decided unilaterally,” the KFTA said in a statement. The union said it is looking into submitting a constitutional appeal of the new measures.

The KFTA said it plans to enter policy negotiations with the Education Ministry regarding the reform measures.


By Cho Jae-eun [jainnie@joongang.co.kr]

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