| The KFTA and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources signed a regular collective bargaining negotiations in the second half of 2004 and first half of 2005 (80 items and 130 articles) in the Ministry of Education on April 11th. Attendees included representatives from both sides; KFTA president - Mr. Youn Jong-Gun and Education Minister - Mr. Kim Jin-Pyo.
In second half of 2004, the chief teacher system will be actively in progress. Elementary and secondary teachers can get temporary rest when they are recruited as educational officers. For improving educational conditions and raising teachers’ morale a weekly class hour will decrease to 20 hours for elementary school teachers, 18 hours for middle school teachers, and 16 hours for high school teachers. In addition unnecessary official documents will decrease and educational assistants will be stationed in small sized schools.
To improve the professionalism of teachers both sides agree that they should establish an ‘Act on Procuring Quality Teachers’ and create a teacher training system at the government’s expense to increase opportunities and the budget for teachers’ education. They will discuss introducing sabbatical year for self-education of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers. The MOE will support the KFTA’s Educational Research Competition and Teaching Material Exhibition financially.
For strengthening teachers’ authority, they will make some ground to aid school safety accidents and secure the status of college professors in the case of college M&A. With regard to treatment for teachers, various allowances for teachers including Teachers in Charge of Classes will be increased to 13$ and college tuition aids for rural area working teachers’ children will be discussed.
Mr. Youn required the cooperation of the MOE in the teacher evaluation system and private school law reform. He demanded that the MOE should keep the time framework for negotiation on not provoke teachers’ society (to let them concentrate on their students) and encourage teachers to proud of their job.