Concerning the governmental organization restructuring plan to create the ‘Ministry of Human Resources and Science’ (which is a unified ministry of Ministry of Education and Human Resources and Ministry of Science and Technology) the Korean Federation of Teachers’ Associations (KFTA) demanded the inclusion of ‘education’ in the new Ministry and achieved the change into ‘Ministry of Education and Science’.
The presidential transitional committee’s decision reached an agreement when KFTA president Lee Won-hee visited executive officials of presidential transition committee to protest on January 19. The KFTA president Lee emphasized, “’Education’ should be included in naming the education related ministry in order to reflect the President-elect’s education-focused policy”, and added, “The term ‘human resources’ means not all the nation but a small portion of people and focuses on only one side of educational activities form an economic point of view.” In addition to that the KFTA president Lee mentioned, “In deciding and carrying out educational policies, upcoming administration should discuss it with teachers, education experts and the KFTA in order that the new educational policies take root in schools without failure.” The KFTA also delivered documents with suggestions on educational issues like introducing a lower-income student quota system in self-sufficient high schools and launching a sabbatical year for teachers to study.
On January 21st, when Presidential transition committee accepted the KFTA’s demand and announced the plan to change the name into the ‘Ministry of Education and Science’, the KFTA welcomed it saying, “The KFTA evaluates the government’s decision as President-elect’s will to value education” in the press release. The KFTA added, “The KFTA’s unbiased criticism and suggestion towards a new administration will keep up, if the upcoming government accepts the opinion of the nation and educational field like today, quality public education and a reduction of spending on private education can be achieved.”