Panel should not be swayed by politics and ideology

The presidential National Education Commission (NEC) responsible for establishing the nation's medium- to long-term education policy was launched on Tuesday. The NEC is a consent-based administrative agency that was created by enacting related laws to ensure that educational policies are implemented stably and consistently based on social consensus. When the government changes in Korea, educational policies also change abruptly, resulting in social conflicts. Now, the attention is on whether the commission can play a role in ending this vicious cycle. If the NEC is run according to its purpose, it could serve as a stepping-stone to developing national education.

The NEC's status and role are crucial. It sets up a medium- and long-term policy direction and a national education development plan to improve the education system. It also collects and coordinates public opinion on educational policies. More specifically, the commission decides policies on the school system, teacher recruitment, college admission, the optimal number of students per class and matters concerning the standards and contents of the national curriculum. Its decisions are implemented by the Ministry of Education and affiliated agencies, so the commission is on a different level from numerous advisory panels.

There are expectations for the commission, but concerns are far greater. That's because many commission members recommended by President Yoon Suk-yeol and rival political parties are those embroiled in controversy over their political and ideological biases. Many of the 21 commission members have revealed their ideological prejudices. With members like these, it is questionable whether the NEC will operate properly. It is not too much to say the commission's smooth sailing is up to its members.

The members should never settle for the role of an agent of their recommenders. Instead, they should participate in discussions and resolutions openly with a sense of mission to contribute to developing national education and induce agreements with which most people can sympathize. If the NEC fails to gather various opinions and reach a reasonable agreement from across the political and ideological spectrum, the public will begin to question its raison d'etre.



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29.09.2022
Panel should not be swayed by politics and ideology

The presidential National Education Commission (NEC) responsible for establishing the nation's medium- to long-term education policy was launched on Tuesday. The NEC is a consent-based administrative agency that was created by enacting related laws to ensure that educational policies are implemented stably and consistently based on social consensus. When the government changes in Korea, educational policies also change abruptly, resulting in social conflicts. Now, the attention is on whether the commission can play a role........

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