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(LEAD) Moon receives briefing from education, labor ministries on 2019 policy plans

Politics 18:38 December 11, 2018

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SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in received a briefing from the education and labor ministries on their 2019 policy plans Tuesday, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Yoo Eun-hae, the education minister and deputy prime minister for social affairs, made reports to Moon at the government complex in the administrative city of Sejong.

It was followed by a discussion about how to overhaul the education ministry and boost confidence for public education and ways to set up a level playing field to become an inclusive nation.

Moon also visited the ministry's early childhood education division to encourage public servants there.

"The division is preparing for ways to strengthen kindergartens' public role and increase classes of state and public kindergartens, as well as to improve education services following the revelation of irregularities at private kindergartens," a presidential official said.

Later in the day, Labor Minister Lee Jae-kap also briefed Moon over his ministry's 2019 policy goals.

Moon and labor ministry officials had discussions over ways to innovate a labor safety net for the underprivileged and changes in life under the 52 hour per week work system.

"We have not succeeded in increasing the number of jobs, while the quality of some positions may have improved," Moon said during the briefing. "The government has to show visible results starting next year."

The president also met with officials at the ministry's labor standard policy division in charge of cutting working hours and hiking the minimum wage.

Next week, five ministries will brief Moon on their policy plans for next year, and other ministries will do so in January.

President Moon Jae-in talks while receiving a briefing from the labor ministry on Dec. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)


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