KFTA pressed Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) for its 65-item negotiation agenda for 2009.
The agenda was put together through public opinion collection from KFTA members started in April and public education for early childhood accounts for significant share of its contents. KFTA asked MEST to change the title of early childhood institution from kindergarten to early childhood school and take the lead in relative regulation change to provide children aged 3-5 free public education.
Reduction in sundry duties for teachers and adoption of government-led teacher training are required as preconditions for a reasonable teacher evaluation. Installment of the special commission for sundry duty reduction as a ministerial consultative body and resource deployment in teachers' office for administrative support were suggested. KFTA stressed that teacher's Sabbatical Year Program should start from 2010 and legislation of Master Teacher Program needs to be completed in the same year.
Adjustment of school week days and curriculum and student protection measures were requested to fully implement the Five-Day School Week as late as 2011(The system started a twice-a-month partial operation from 2006).
KFTA also asked for more government support for the poor and the underprivileged. Noting that the current economic crisis is adding more burdens on low-income families, it demanded more financial support for work-study programs, aptitude classes or textbook expenses.
Aside from the negotiation, KFTA decided to persuade the National Assembly to adopt the budget for teacher status improvement.
KFTA-MEST collective bargaining has continued since 1992 to improve education environment, teacher professional ability and status according to 1991 Special Act on the Improvement of Teachers' Status. KFTA plans to complete the bargaining that consists of series of working-level discussions and main negotiation.