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Seoul education office nullifies license of kindergarten group

National 21:54 April 22, 2019

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul municipality's education office said Monday that it has nullified the license of South Korea's largest private preschools association over protests that caused inconvenience to children and parents.

In early March, the Korea Kindergarten Association (KKA), to which some 80 percent of the country's 4,000 private kindergartens belong, ordered its members to shut down at the start of the new spring semester in protest against the government's plan to reform state subsidies.

As the closure sparked harsh public criticism and a government warning of possible punitive actions, the KKA scrapped its nationwide strike plan on the first day of the semester.

While the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) decided to revoke the group's license last month, it completed the administrative process and notified the KKA of the decision a month later.

It said the KKA's collective action to postpone the opening last month infringed on children's right to be educated and disturbed public order.

The KKA strongly opposed the decision, saying that it will file a lawsuit against the SMOE within this week.

This file photo shows the office of the Korea Kindergarten Association in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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