<Five thousand Korean Teachers Participated in a National Rally against Education Autonomy Law Reform on November 26th>
The Korean Federation of Teachers’ Associations (KFTA) organized ‘Joint Committee for Education Autonomy’ consisting of the national association of principals and the council of national education committee members held a demonstration against education autonomy law reform.
On November 6th the KFTA held a press conference opposing the education autonomy law reform in front of the National Assembly building. Three chairpersons of local education committee shaved their heads in protest of the law reform. However, the revised bill on the education autonomy (Law on Local Education Autonomy) was passed in the National Assembly a few days later. The main direction of the law is to coordinate local education committees into standing committees of the local assemblies. These groups consist of members of the local assemblies and a majority of members with educational experience.
Education community has made it appear that ‘When politicians take responsibility of local education due to the education autonomy law, that education reforms could be politically controlled. Moreover, when the education administration is under the control of the general administration, the professionalism in education could be lowered. KFTA president, Mr. YOUN Jong-Gun commented, “When education committees belong to local assemblies it is worrisome that education under the control of a political party could widen the gap in each region and decrease educational professionalism”
The KFTA held a national rally against the educational autonomy law reform on November 26th in front of the National Assembly building with 24 education related organizations and about 5,000 teachers participated.