2007 National Educators’ Rally was held on Saturday, November 10 at Jamsil Gymnasium to promote the election of an education-friendly president and advanced national education. 10,000 participants declared to present the “requirements of an educational president” to Lee Myung-bak, the presidential candidate of Grand National Party (GNP) and Jung Dong-young of United New Democratic Party (UNDP), and to cast votes based on their commitment to those requirements in campaign pledges.
Lee Won-hee, the president of the KFTA said, “Educators expect school-, classroom- and teacher-oriented education policies” and emphasized, “This convention marks a historic moment to elect "Education President" who will advance national education based on these policies.”
President Lee delivered an educators resolution of 11 items regarding education budget up to 6% of GDP; establishment of a trans-government National Education Committee; deregulation of universities and more autonomous private schools; securing legal number of teachers and legislating school hours; withdrawal of open recruitment of unqualified school principals; and increasing the number of school nurses and nutrition teachers.
UNDP presidential candidate Jung Dong-young pledged "to improve school education, quality and status of teachers to a global level" and expressed strong commitment "to achieve educational budget up to 6% of GDP with necessary financial investments."
Meanwhile, Lee Myung-bak of GNP promised "to break the vicious cycle of inherited poverty and, above all, to create an environment where teachers get respect they deserve." He added, "you can review today's promise a year later."