| KFTA and MEST(Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) signed 2009 Negotiation Agreement(35 items) on Feb 5 at MEST conference room.
Based on mutual commitment to the professional development of teachers, KFTA and MEST agreed to adopt government-led teacher training system and teacher's sabbatical year program for research early on. As a pratical and institutional supplement for teacher's professional development, they agreed to provide partial financial support for teachers who wish to go to graduate school for continued study.
Alternative services for conscientious objectors will be introduced in underdeveloped regions like rural areas which teachers often avoid. To enable teachers to concentrate on student education by reducing their sundry duties, a Special Commission on Teacher's
Sundry Duties will be organized as an advisory body to education minister.
To prepare for all-out implementation of the five-day schoolweek, KFTA and the government agreed to come up with concrete measures for curricula improvement, educational and social program development and student protection. They will also work together to reduce private education expenses, to improve the deployment standards for elementary and middle school career teachers to support increased after-school activities, and to legislate the establishment and expansion of the Master Teacher Program to help professional development and morale of teachers.
In educational welfare, KFTA and MEST agreed to reflect multicultural aspects in teacher training for better understanding of teachers; and to develop and distribute reference materials including instruction methods and best practices based on types for underperforming schools. Regarding teacher status and rights, they agreed to increase the allowances for homeroom teachers and assigned teachers; to create an expense account for vice-principal and increase the pay when higher qualification(principal or vice-principal) is acquired; to introduce training program for meritorious service for teachers; to recognize the achievement of teacher who won a prize in athletic activities; and to protect teacher rights and students and create safe and sound school environment.
To guarantee professional teacher union activities, they agreed to recognize teacher's participation in a convention to judge presentations as an official business trip; and to give benefits to prizewinners in conventions organized by civic groups such as KFTA and recognized by education minister, municipal or provincial superintendent.
KFTA and MEST have had discussions and negotiations every year since 1992 to improve the treatment and working condition of teachers and promote their professional development according to the Special Act for Improvement of Teachers’ Status.