Oppositions are expected against the plans made by Ministry of Education and Science Technology (MEST) to make information of the number of teacher members of country’s elementary, middle and high school teachers’ organizations and unions open entirely to the public from this coming December on.
The purpose of new plan is to open information of school transparently to the public and meet parents’ right to know, but teachers’ unions opposes, arguing that it is a political scheme to shrink teachers’ union activities.
The MEST announced that it decided to include each school teacher’s organizations and unions membership in the official notice lists stipulated in ‘Special Law on Educational Institutions Information Opening to the Public.’
If enforcement ordinance is enacted, all elementary, middle, and high schools, through two month long preparation work, should open to the public on website the number of teacher membership of teachers organizations (KFTA) and teachers’ unions (KTU, Korean Union of Teaching and Education Workers and Korea Liberal Teachers’ Union) as well as educational curriculum, school management rules, student change situation, and academic accomplishment assessment results (from 2010 assessment) from this December on.
KFTA said in a statement that “Information utilization plans of education should be prepared because public announcement on students’ academic accomplishment may cause side effects such as school rankings, test classes focused education course operation, adding more burdens on teachers and students and the like even though it is positive in the aspect to confirm the results of school education” and that “Arrangement of good teachers, production and distribution of study materials, and administrative and financial support for schools are required.”