Some of Korean educational system will be changed from 2008.
△Changing the Standard Date to Enter Elementary School
As of March 1st, 2008, the standard date to enter elementary school changed from March 1st to January 1st. Till now all children born in January and February aged 7 as of March 1st were eligible to enroll in elementary school (as the school year starts March 1st). The practical application of the reformed law will start from 2009 and will allow 6-year-old and 8-year-olds to enter elementary school 1 year earlier or 1 year later based on individual choice.
△Opening Educational Institutions Data
As the Exemption Law on Opening the Information of Educational Institutes to the Public passed the National Assembly, all educational institutes should open their information to the public as of May.
In order to expand transparency of school management, increase competition among schools, universities should post 15 items including the enrollment rate of freshman, donations, and tuition fees on school websites every September for 3 years. The unified system for university data will be established that will be possible to compare each university.
Elementary and secondary schools should post 15 items including drop-out rate, the rate of students who continue to a higher stage of education or get a job every April for 1 year and post the address of the local educational office in order to update it as demanded. Test results, average scores for each subject by school or the result of student achievement tests by each school are excluded from the opening data because of educational concerns over excessive competition.
When the school does not open the information or posts the wrong data, it can face legal sanctions.
△Tightening Teacher Qualification Examinations
Teacher qualification examinations in Korea has changed from 2 steps to 3 steps and focuses more on essay and interviews in selecting teachers for 2009.
(Please refer to the October 2007 issue of the KFTA Newsletter)
△Introducing a Master Teacher System
Master Teacher will go into operation as a pilot scheme from March in 180 elementary and secondary schools. Master Teacher (one of the KFTA’s long initiatives) is the new system to create Master Teachers besides the current 1st and 2nd level regular teacher system in order to promote teachers’ professional abilities and solve excessive competition in promotions.
(Please refer to the December 2007 issue of the KFTA Newsletter)
△Requiring 90-hour Training for Teachers
From 2008, all teachers must take part in 90 hours of training programs every 3 years and training time for principals is increased twice fold to improve teachers’ professionalism.
Among the total 6 credits, a teacher should get at least 4 credits in the field of teaching-learning instruction and students life coaching. As requiring compulsorily teachers’ training, the training aid expenses (which is 130,000 won now) increased by 260, 000 won (1 dollar=950 won) a year.
Principal qualification training period and time changed to 30 days and 360 hours. The global trend to strengthen the qualifications of principal is taken into account.