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The KFTA held an urgent board of directors meeting on May 11th to confirm policy on teachers’ promotion and employment. The KFTA’s proposal was sent to the Presidential Committee on Education Innovation. The KFTA’s proposal includes introducing a chief teacher system, maintaining current principal recruitment system with some revision, strengthening training for principals and opposing open recruitment of principals.
A dispute over various educational policies between the government and teachers’ organizations has continued. The Roh Moo-Hyun Administration makes a shortsighted educational policy which emphasizes the defects of existing educational policy and confuses the teaching profession society. The KFTA struggles for securing educational policy for teachers and quality education, and argues that democracy in schools can be kept only when we protect the professionalism of teachers and accountability of schools.
Open Recruitment System for Principals
Recently the Presidential Committee on Education Innovation announced a ‘Policy Plan on Teachers’ Promotion System’ and allowed the School Steering Committee to select ordinary teachers with 5~10-years teaching experience as principals. The Committee permits teachers without a principal’s license to be principals. The KFTA is concerned this lead will lead to the recruitment of unqualified principals but also negatively impact the professionalism of teaching.
The KFTA is against the open recruitment system for principals. It wishes to see the creation of a practical promotion and recruitment policy that suits the Korean school situation. In Korea, each school does not have a perfect educational autonomous authority and the committee’s current plan is not proper for Korean schools. The KFTA insists the recruitment of principals by limited to teachers with a principal’s license and include the introduction of a chief teacher system.
Chief Teacher System
It is the chief teacher system that is changing the current administration-oriented school management structure into a teaching-learning oriented structure and is making teachers concentrate on teaching activity. The KFTA has promoted a chief teacher system since 1980 because a chief teacher system can lessen excessive competition for promotions, strengthen the professional ability of teachers, reform schools in specializing the function of teachers, and respect teachers.
This 'Chief Teacher System' is to split current teacher promotion system into 'teaching position' and 'administrative position'. The simple outline is as follows.
2nd regular teacher → 1st regular teacher → senior teacher → chief teacher (teaching)
→ vice-principal → principal (administrative)
The KFTA is colleting national educators’ signatures against open qualification for principals and will hold a rally to improve teachers’ professionalism and securing quality education.