The Korean Federation of Teachers’ Associations (KFTA) and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources (MOE) signed a ‘2007 Agreement of Collective Bargaining and Negotiation‘ on February 13th.
The KFTA and MOE promised to raise the salary of teachers and lift the allowance for homeroom teachers and assigned teachers to 200,000 won a month (1 dollar=950 won) and establish allowances for nutrition teachers and counseling teachers (30,000 won a month respectively). Allowances for child-care leave by female teachers will be readjusted to a realistic level and the paper work of these teachers will be lessened.
The KFTA and MOE will cooperate on plans to root out corporal punishment for students. There will also be an emphasis in sports that strengthens the 3H campaign (to know my blood pressure, not to eat fast food and drink soda, and to keep healthy habits) for students’ health.
With regard to implementing a ‘5-day class week’, both sides reached an agreement to amend the educational curriculum and build on educational and social programs so that a 5-day class week goes into full operation (currently, schools are closed every other Saturday). In improving teachers’ professional abilities, the KFTA and MOE agreed to promote a master teacher system (refer to article no.7) as a pilot scheme and seek a way to legislate it within this year.
The KFTA request 27 clauses and 36 items as collective bargaining and negotiation plan and both sides reached a consensus on 33 items after 9 meetings held since last September.