Three teachers made extreme choices in four days… Today is ‘Public Education Stop Day’

Confusion in the education field is growing as teachers across the country are expected to participate in a large-scale strike to take annual leave and sick leave on the 4th, the 49th anniversary of the death of a teacher at an elementary school in Seocho-gu, Seoul, who made an extreme choice in July. Following the death of two elementary school teachers in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul and Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do on the 31st of last month, a teacher in his 60s at a high school in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, who had been complaining of stress due to complaints from parents, was found dead on the morning of the 3rd, raising enthusiasm for teachers’ remembrance.

According to the Ministry of Education and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on the 3rd, 32 elementary schools across the country decided to close at their discretion on the 4th, which teacher groups named ‘Public Education Stop Day’. This accounts for only 0.5% of the total 6,286 elementary schools. However, the number of teachers who decided to use personal leave or sick leave on this day was not calculated, so education authorities are unable to estimate the extent of the ‘class gap’. Some schools received applications from parents for off-campus experiential learning in preparation for ‘class gaps’ due to teachers’ annual leave or sick leave. In online communities in Seoul, many parents said, “We are a dual-income couple, so we took 4 days of annual leave and applied for experiential learning.”

The inconsistent responses of the Ministry of Education and the local education offices are causing confusion. On the 3rd, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Lee Joo-ho issued an appeal asking teachers to refrain from collective action, saying, “Please stand by the students.” On the other hand, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Superintendent Cho Hee-yeon said, “I hope that the educational community will be restored through the memorial service,” and announced that he would push ahead with the memorial service at the city office of education level.

On this day, the People Power Party, the government, and the Presidential Office held a private high-level party-government council and decided to speed up comprehensive measures to restore teaching rights, including enacting the four laws to restore teaching rights announced by the Ministry of Education last month.

The scale of the teachers’ ‘bypass strike’ is not even calculated… School closures come and go

Most schools and the Ministry of Education have a hard-line policy… ‘Discretionary leave’ designation canceled except for 32 placesTeachers participate by paying ‘annual leave and sick leave’Parents “Family communication has changed several times… “I don’t know if I should send my child to school.”

Mr. Kim (40), who has three children attending an elementary school in Hongseong-gun, South Chungcheong Province, said, “I heard from my third-grade son that his homeroom teacher did not come to school (on the 4th),” and added, “Working parents are very embarrassed.” . However, there was no notice from the school about how many teachers would come to work that day or how they would manage the students who came to school.

As the Ministry of Education announced a strict response policy to teachers’ collective action, most schools that planned to participate in the ‘Public Education Stop Day’ on the 4th canceled their designation as a discretionary holiday. While only 32 elementary schools across the country decided to take discretionary leave, many teachers decided to participate individually through a ‘circuit strike’, including annual leave, sick leave, and early dismissal. Accordingly, the school is guiding the integration of grades and classes and shortened classes. Some places accepted applications for off-campus experiential learning over the weekend.

● ‘Public Education Stop Day’Parent A, whose child attends an elementary school in Jamsil, Seoul, said, “With the school’s stance changing several times ahead of ‘Public Education Suspension Day’ on the 4th, I am wondering whether I should send my child to school or not.” The school initially announced the designation of a temporary holiday on the 4th through a home communication. However, on the 27th of last month, when the Ministry of Education warned of disciplinary action against teachers who take a leave of absence for reasons such as the right to teach, the school corrected itself in a second home communication, saying, “There will be no temporary closure.” We recently sent out our third home communication, saying, “There is a possibility of shortened classes to 4 days,” and received applications for off-campus experiential learning and emergency care.

Initially, the number of people expected to attend the ‘Stop Public Education Day’ rally was around 10,000. However, due to the recent series of extreme choices made by elementary school teachers in Seoul and Jeonbuk, the unity of teachers is growing. An elementary school teacher said, “Every time a teacher makes an extreme choice, the school blames it on personal reasons, but all of the teachers who recently passed away had difficulties managing their classes.”

Teachers who participated in an on-site teacher discussion with Vice Minister of Education Jang Sang-yoon held at the Seoul Government Complex on this day also protested against the Ministry of Education’s disciplinary policy, saying, “It is still difficult to carry out normal educational activities.” Jo Jae-beom, a teacher at Bora Elementary School in Gyeonggi Province스포츠토토said, “The Ministry of Education needs to reflect on what it has been doing all this while (while teaching authority has been declining). They are trying to become an angry bull by harassing the ‘cow’ who is creating the harsh reality of education.” “What the Ministry of Education should do is not brandish a red cape (disciplinary action),” he said.

● Ministry of Education and Office of Education continue to work togetherIn addition to the bypass strike, teachers plan to raise their voices for the restoration of their teaching rights at a memorial rally after school. On the 3rd, the teachers’ group ‘Everyone in One Mind’ and others said, “We urge the National Assembly to investigate the truth about the incident involving an elementary school teacher in Seocho-gu, Seoul and immediately revise the child abuse laws,” and added, “We plan to hold a memorial rally in front of the National Assembly at 4:30 p.m. on the 4th.” He said. The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education announced again that a memorial service would be held at the elementary school auditorium in Seocho-gu at 3 p.m. on this day. In addition, memorial rallies will be held in each city and provincial office of education, including Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, North Chungcheong, and South Chungcheong Province. University students across the country also plan to hold memorial services at each university starting at 7 p.m. on this day.

Even on the 3rd, a day before the rally, the Ministry of Education appealed to “protect the school” and repeatedly emphasized its strict response policy. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Lee Joo-ho said, “We will quickly restore the damaged teaching authority so that teachers can no longer feel anxious and focus on education,” and appealed, “Teachers, please protect the school by our students.”

On the other hand, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Superintendent Cho Hee-yeon, who is attending the memorial service for an elementary school teacher in Seocho-gu, Seoul on the 4th, expressed his support for teachers, saying, “The memorial service is not the end, but we need to use this as an opportunity to straighten out teaching authority and restore balance in the educational field.”

Confusion in schools is increasing as the response of the Ministry of Education and local offices of education becomes confused. Mr. B, a parent of an elementary school student in Mapo-gu, Seoul, said, “Because the Ministry of Education and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education were unable to narrow their differences, parents ended up bearing concerns and anxiety about student safety.” It is pointed out that the education authorities are encouraging chaos rather than stabilizing the school environment.

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