| In response to the three-phase School Autonomy Policy MEST announced on June 11th, KFTA said, "The policy is desirable in its direction to overcome the uniformity of school education and promote diverse and school-based distinctive management by allowing schools to make core decisions such as curricula and staffing. However the methods should be adjusted and complemented."
The government plans to strengthen the personnel management authority of each school and improve related systems to help school management accountability of principals. By giving schools greater autonomy in personnel management and curricula, allowing more autonomous schools, and building school support systems, the policy is to strengthen public education based on diversified and more competitive school education.
"The plan to expand autonomous schools from the current 2.5% to 20% (2,500) by 2010 is too radical. Expansion should be determined after checking the effectiveness of the plan," KFTA said.
In school autonomy which principals assume greater authority and roles, the professionality of principals in school management is crucial. In this sense, KFTA said the open recruitment of principals should be abolished immediately. Inviting a principal whose professionality has never been confirmed as school leader may cause diverse problems such as politicized school.
"School- or region-based employment should be reconsidered since it may confuse the overall teacher employment system. And the invitation of outside specialists should be limited to certain areas which are not included in teacher training system," KFTA emphasized. It also pointed out that the focus must be on building infrastructure for autonomous school management instead of seeking immediate policy effects.