| On June 3rd, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) released plans to reduce private education spending by constantly improving public education quality and college entrance system while strengthening alternative educational services to private tutoring.
KFTA and Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) issued a joint statement that says the government plans are not effective enough to release the national burden of private education costs and to improve the competitiveness of public education.
They stated, "Our students are suffering from increasing private lessons and public schools are still in the grip of ill education practices focusing on college entrance rather than holistic education."
"A clear alternative plan that can set policy priorities from a long and fundamental perspective and release public distress is required." the statement emphasized.
To this end, KFTA and FKTU urged the government to revise the Act on the Establishment, Operation of Private Teaching Institutes and Extracurricular Lessons to limit the class hours of private institutions; to expand education budget by maintaining education tax; to close education gap and strengthen educational welfare; and to include early childhood education in the public education system and make high school education free.