At the 89th plenary board of representatives on November 21st, KFTA deliberated objects of its policy on the current educational issues- education tax nullification, education budget reduction, teacher evaluation, and open recruitment system for principals- and adopted a resolution strongly urging the government and lawmakers to address these problems. The representatives also endorsed a 2009 budget and programs, and elected new directors and superintendents.
More than 200 participants argued that “Many policies fail to reflect real conditions in schools and live up to teachers’ expectations. Even the policies that have been criticized by the past government are being implemented without due consideration.” They called on the government to pursue field based policies.
In an opening address, Lee Won-hee, KFTA president said, “We have to criticize government’s education policies to get them improved. The government should retract its wrongful decisions like the open recruitment of principals and the education tax annulment.” He also hinted that he might accept the teacher evaluation on the assumption that the government formulates a reasonable plan by saying “If the evaluation is not linked to salaries and promotions, I am willing to take a more positive attitude towards the evaluation system.”
At board of representatives, Nakamura Yuzuru, president of Japan Teachers Union (JTU) and Akaike Hiroaki, international department director of JTU also joined and delivered a congratulatory address about promoting educational interchanges thorough frequently visiting each other.
During 3-day visit to Korea, Mr. Nakamura, JTU president, participated in KFTA board of representatives, had interviews on Japanese educational current issues with major Korean daily newspapers and visited Seoul National University of Education and the elementary school attached to the university. In a gathering with KFTA members, he expressed his hope to see more enlarged educational interchanges between KFTA and JTU.