Kong Jeong-taek was re-elected as the superintendent of Seoul office of education by winning 40.1 percent of the votes.
In the meantime, Seoul education superintendent was supposed to be elected in an indirect way by schools’ managerial council members. However, as the local education autonomy law was amended, education superintendent election became a direct election. The tenure of the Seoul education superintendent is a year and ten months until June 2010, but it is supposed to be four years from 2010.
During the election campaign, Kong Jeong-taek promised ▲Expanding the right to choose high schools, ▲Diversifying high schools such as independent high school and meister high school, ▲Assigning districts for resolution of the educational gap, ▲Cultivating global leaders, ▲Expanding each school’s autonomy and etc. It is predicted that the education policy in Seoul will tighten its keynote of “Higher equalization of academic achievement” as Kong Jeong-taek, who has been insisting improvement of academic achievement through “independence” and “competition”, is elected.
Meanwhile, the turnout of the election was only 15.4 percent and was recorded as the 2nd lowest turnout among direct superintendent elections.