On Nov 16, the Ministry of Education(MEST) announced its plan to improve the disciplinary measures against teachers. "We basically agree with the government that misconducting teachers should be applied with strict standards as teachers are required to have a higher morality compared to other professions. But it should not reduce the morale of most of the other teachers who are doing well and thus weaken their education activities," KFTA said. "False reporters must be punished severely so that no innocent teacher is falsely accused."
Under the new policy, teachers who have been punished on any of the four major misconduct charges including sexual violence against children, bribery, misbehavior regarding student grading and physical violence against students are excluded from the screening process for principal appointment. Sexual crime records will be checked when hiring regular/part-time teachers or school personnel. The current 7 members of the Appeal Commission for Teachers will be expanded to the legal maximum 9 for more accurate examination of the four misconducts but examiners representing parents or women will be appointer first.
In terms of sexual crime, KFTA said that prevention is more important than measures taken afterwards and that the education authority needs to provide precautionary education/training for teachers and produce and distribute a manual for schools.
It also urged MEST to recognize the issues raised by KFTA and explore the most appropriate possible ways to effectively implement the policy without side effects or reducing the morale of teachers.