On September 29th, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) issued the public notice of a legislation to allow teacher qualification of those who complete "intensive teacher training programs." KFTA asked the government to reconsider the bill from scratch.
KFTA clearly stated its opposition in press release by saying, "the government's enactment notice to add "a person who completed intensive teacher training program" as a new criteria for middle school teacher qualification will shake the foundation of teacher education and employment systems which should be strictly managed at the national level, and therefore must be reconsidered."
"The basic intention of teacher training and employment system is to attract effective resources to teaching profession and to hire people who gained proper expertise at teacher training institution," it pointed out. "Allowing people who only completed short-term training courses to be qualified teachers is a denial of the professional ability and specificity of teaching profession."
Especially KFTA said, "Opening doors for some subjects that cannot be trained at teacher education institutions like automobile, ceramic art or horse riding may be needed. But if teacher license is recklessly given to doctoral degree holders in general subjects, it may cause diverse side effects.
The government's enactment notice was a follow-up action to the promise it made during the announcement of the implementation plans for school-based management in June. At that time, MEST pledged to "develop ways for outside experts to obtain teacher license so that industry, art or sports experts can teach in schools."