| <KFTA’s 290th Board of Directors is Held.>
At KFTA’s 290th Board of Directors held on March 25th, KFTA prescribed the National Student Assessment is an essential education activity to ensure basic academic skills of students, extend scholastic achievement and improve the quality of school education, and expressed concern about the confusions and conflicts at schools along with the anxiety of students and parents caused by groups refusing to participate in the assessment.
Also, KFTA requested that the National Assembly substantially increase the supplementary budget for education since it only takes up about 4.95% of the total proposed supplementary budget, which lacks greatly in size and amount.
Regarding the recent party nomination of superintendent candidates and running mates with metropolitan and provincial government heads, KFTA made it clear that it is against the attempts to change the Superintendent Election System. If there are problems in the enforcement process of the Superintendent Election System, it should be changed after careful consideration, however, the political party interfering with the nomination of superintendent candidate violates the spirit of educational autonomy and the autonomy, professionalism and political impartiality of education, which is why KFTA urged for immediate withdrawal.
KFTA’s Board of Directors also adopted a resolution calling upon the government and politicians to resolve a total of six educational issues, such as the improvement of university entrance exams like admission officer system, the reduction of work performance evaluation period for teachers and the prompt enforcement of the amendment of Public Officials Pension Act.
Despite the aspiration for strengthening national competitiveness by improving school education and investing in education, KFTA disclosed concerns of the educational communities and the media in its resolution at the most recent Board of Directors that there are lack of efforts made by the government and politicians to create an environment for appropriate policies to be implemented, and collective and physical actions of certain groups are increasing confusions and conflicts at schools as well as sending out uneasiness among students and teachers.