As the government intends to maintain its freeze on teacher hiring next year, KFTA strongly urged the government to significantly increase the number of teachers for next year saying that the hiring cap will undermine school's educational competitiveness and environment.
With less than 90% of the legally required teachers, the education sector is concerned if the hiring cap this year will significantly deteriorate educational environment. A considerable number of next year's 17,000 potential graduates from education universities/colleges may not find jobs.
The need for non-classroom teachers such as school nurses, nutritionists, teacher librarians and counselors is more urgent. These teachers say, "More teachers are required to ensure quality education services." "About 200-500 new teachers in each non-classroom position are needed," they added.
In the statement, KFTA said, "The government's key initiatives to reduce rising private education expenses include subject-based classroom operation, strengthening of after-school programs and expansion of level-based class system. To achieve these goals, more teachers are needed," "The government should see this issue not only from an economic point of view but also from an educational perspective." KFTA has already started to persuade relative National Assembly committees and departments.
Meanwhile the teacher population has increased by 6,853 on average for three years from 2006 to 2008.