With Former Superintendent of Education of Gyeonggi Province Kim Sang-gon, known throughout the educational world as the "godfather of innovation," becoming designated as Minister of Education, it appears that the new administration's educational reform will gain momentum.
Whether President Moon Jae-in's education pledges, such as a conversion on the college entrance exam to absolute examinations and the two teachers per class pledge, will be executed is a matter of great interest.
Kim Joon-eok has more.
As expected, Former Superintendent of Education of Gyeonggi Province Kim Sang-gon was nominated as the new deputy prime minister of social affairs and minster of education.
Nominee Kim Sang-gon is responsible for establishing the framework of President Moon's educational pledges. Once he becomes the head of education the new administration's educational reform will pick up speed.
<Park Soo-hyun / Spokesperson for the Blue House> "We expect him to successfully push forward with the series of tasks in educational reforms like providing equal opportunities for education, securing fairness in college entrance examination processes and providing a future-oriented public education system."
Kim has emphasized the pledge to simplify college entrance exams to three types, such as the Comprehensive School Report model, the School Subjects Report model and the College Entrance Exam model.
In particular, he stressed the pledge to convert the college entrance exam into an absolute evaluation. This calls attention to the college entrance exam reorganization plan that the Ministry of Education will soon present.
The phase-by-phase shutdown of foreign language high schools and autonomous private high schools that were a cause of controversy for creating a hierarchy of high schools seems likely as well.
Moreover, the two teachers per class policy that had success when he was superintendent, and which was also included in President Moon's pledge, is also expected to be put into action.
The two teachers per class policy assigns two teachers in major classes where there is a large difference in the academic abilities of students.
Aside from this, if he passes the hearing, he would become the Minister of Education with a background as superintendent of education for the first time. This moves the center of gravity of education policies to the Education Office, strengthening educational autonomy of local governments, as well as bringing the issue of relegalizing the Korean Teachers and Educational Workers' Union back into discussion.
Kim Joon-eok reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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