Master Teacher System, one of the KFTA's long initiatives, is eventually going into operation as a pilot scheme from next March.
Master teachers are teachers who have excellent professionalism in curriculum/class education and capability to share it with peer teachers. In addition to the original duty of classroom teaching at their schools, master teachers will be responsible for class education coaching at a school/school district level; development and introduction of curriculum, education study and evaluation methods; and guiding new teachers.
In the pilot scheme, about 180 master teachers will be deployed at schools after two months of training in January and February. Regular teachers who have first-class teaching license and 10-15 years of experience in primary/secondary education are eligible for master teachers. Master teacher screening committee in each city or province will evaluate qualifications through three steps; document screening, teaching capability evaluation and in-depth interview, and finally interview with peer teachers.
A teacher selected as master teacher will be given a certificate signed by the minister of education and 150 thousand won (about USD150) a month as research grant. Ministry of Education (MOE) is expected to consider expanded implementation of the system next October after review and policy study of the pilot scheme.
In a press release, the KFTA expressed a strong welcome to the scheme adding that the government should make proactive efforts such as correcting or making up for weak points that may arise during the pilot scheme for a full-fledged implementation of the system.