KFTA indicated that large investments should be made in the education sector which has great inducement effects on production in order to overcome the overall economic challenges and youth unemployment.
KFTA issued a statement on January 6th to promote large-scale investments in education called New Deal Education Policy and stressed, "Education investments including replacement, new establishment or extension of school facilities not only can generate more jobs or profits but can boost national competitiveness by improving our educational environment which currently ranks at the bottom among OECD countries. In this respect, education should be selected as a core business for national investment."
Regarding MEST's plan to recruit 18,000 new after-school teachers, KFTA pointed out the need for teacher's education experience acknowledgement, pre-service training and certification system to protect the new teachers from disposable part-time job status. It also asked for a careful policy implementation to prevent a suspension of school lunch service for small-income family students during vacation.
Chief-director of Korean Education Research Institute, Han Jae-gap said, "British PM James Gorden Brown is investing nearly 10% of national GDP in education amid this economic turmoil and US president Obama has made a public promise to overcome national crisis through the establishment of education infrastructure. Our government and politicians should learn a good lesson from how these advanced countries are dealing with economic crisis.“