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International Teachers’ Federation Blasts Korean Government Firings

March 19, 2009

Chief of the world’s largest federation of teachers’ organizations said yesterday that the recent dismissal of teachers in Korea who allowed students to skip standardized tests was outrageous.

“We respect the right of governments to develop and pursue education reform plans, but we cannot accept teachers’ organizations not being consulted on those plans, let alone their members being fired for exercising their professional freedom,” Fred Van Leeuwen, general secretary of the Education International, told reporters here.

“It is impossible for any government to achieve their educational goals while treating their teaching profession the way the Korean government does – restricting their professional freedoms, denying their collective bargaining rights, thwarting social dialogue, dismissing and persecuting educators.”

Click Here for the full Story (The Korean Herald) 

Please note: It seems that links to stories within the Korean Herald’s website are only accessible for a couple of weeks. The stories are then transferred to their Members only section.

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