The KFTA started related activities for educational policies of presidential election by announcing 10 tasks for presidential election promises which the next administration should undertake for the sake of educational growth, motivating each political party and candidate camp. The KFTA will ask candidates in the presidential election to implement 10 tasks and overcome the educational crisis by electing an ‘education president’ in December.
KFTA’s 10 tasks for presidential election promises are ▲improvement of the educational system such as establishing a ‘national education committee’ regardless of a new administration, ▲procurement of 6% of the GDP as an educational budget, ▲improvement of the college entrance examination and reduction of private educational expenses, ▲liberalization of higher education and the raise of international competitiveness, ▲procurement of sufficient teachers and legalization of weekly classes, ▲withdrawal of open recruitment system for principals and enforcement of professionalism, ▲expansion of educational welfare and revitalization of lifelong education system such as enactment of (tentatively named) ‘law to support educational welfare’, ▲enactment of law on protecting educational activities and settlement of educational authority, ▲return to the original retirement age to 65yrs from 62yrs, and respect for the teaching profession, ▲support in establishing a ‘school education support center’ and nourishment of professional teachers’ organizations. The KFTA suggested specific plans for each task through each report.
The KFTA plans to ask the education committee of National Assembly, President, Education Ministry to consider 10 tasks and put to practical use as foundation data of presidential election by working with citizens groups or NGOs and making public atmosphere. The announced educational tasks are based on a nationwide teachers’ opinion and 30 related experts including teacher and professors fixed through more than 7 months of research, correction, and supplementation.