Korean teachers’ group calls for reinstatement of corporal punishmentBy Nathan Schwartzman Oct 29, 2010 8:55PM UTC
Original article in Korean is here.
The Korean Federation of Teachers’ Associations (한국교원단체총연합회) went to the Ministry of Science, Education, and Technology on the morning of November 28 and demanded that it prepare regulations allowing “educational corporal punishment”.
Lee Nam-bong, vice-chair of the Association, met vice-minister Seol Dong-geun and told him, “the ban on corporal punishment and the student’s bill of rights in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do have created a collapse of discipline in schools as increasing numbers of students are getting perms, dyeing their hair, smoking, and arguing with teachers who admonish them.”
He said there has also been an increase in the number of students who intentionally cause disturbances in class, such as by not attending evaluations.
Recently, 322 schools in Seoul were surveyed, the association said, and 73.3 percent of parents and 60.6 percent of students said that “corporal punishment should be allowed”.
The Association demanded that national standards for student life and education be stablished under the law of elementary, middle, and high school education (초중등교육법) and that educational corporal punishment be permitted while non-educational corporal punishment be banned..
On the morning of November 29 the Association will go to the Seoul Office of Education and demand that educational corporal punishment be allowed.