KFTA announced on February 23rd that according to the Performance Report on Recovering Educational Authority & Teaching Consultation Activities in 2008, the total number of cases received last year for violation of teachers’ rights was 249, and among them, violent languages and actions or threats made by parents took up the largest portion of the total cases at 37.0% (92 cases).
It was followed by 23.7% (59 cases) for safety-related accidents at schools, 15.3% (38 cases) for dispute with teachers and staff, 10.8% (27 cases) for defamation of character, and 7.2% (18 cases) for damage to teacher status.
The violent languages and actions of parents were mostly caused by dissatisfaction about ‘student guidance and school administration’ and corporal punishment with 42 cases (45.6%) and 26 cases (28.3%) respectively.
Regarding the increase in parents’ violent languages and actions on teachers, KFTA said the main reason behind this is the false social sentiment which doesn’t trust the teachers’ way of teaching but only thinks about their children. KFTA’s president Lee Won-Hee said, “We can’t have proper education at classrooms if the morale of schools and the teachers’ rights are not set up correctly”, and added “it is urgent to recover educational authority to ensure that the learning rights of students are protected.”
In the case of disputes within school settings, KFTA asked for the mandatory establishment of a student dispute resolution council under the metropolitan or provincial office of education to resolve the disputes in educational terms.