Weed Corona? Gyeonggi-do after-school instructors still make a living ‘maknae’

▲ After-School Teachers’ Union

Kim Kyung-hee, chairman of the after-school instructors union, is a lecturer with 16 years of experience. While working as a union, I took two or three classes to make a living. However, he has not been able to work for 22 months since the spread of COVID-19. Classes started in the first week of next month as a step-by-step recovery measure, but it’s hard to laugh. The class period is 5 weeks and the number of students is small, so the income is said to be around 200,000 won. It is the background that the union held a press conference in front of the Gyeonggi Provincial Office on the morning of the 22nd and raised their voices to “pay an emergency livelihood subsidy”.

In Gyeonggi-do, the situation is not as good as in other regions. According to the Ministry of Education, the operation rate of after-school schools in the metropolitan area is the lowest in Gyeonggi-do at 56.5%. The operating rates of after-school schools in Seoul and Incheon were 75.9% and 75.7%, respectively. The union argues that the actual situation is worse because it is counted as if a school opened at least one after-school school. According to the status of after-school course operation released by the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education, there are currently only 8,14 (as of September this year) of special skill and aptitude courses, from 37,518 in April 2019. This means that 21,000 after-school instructors working in Gyeonggi-do are on the brink of livelihood.

Kang Kang-hee, chairman of the labor union, Lee Cheon-ji, taught six hours a day, five days a week, at two or three schools before the coronavirus. However, in the second semester of this year, there are only 10 classes. This class also ends in the second week of December. Chairman Kang explained, “Some teachers have changed jobs,” and “It is with Corona, but we are feeling the fact that employment is not stable as we decide whether to teach or not according to the decision of the school principal and the steering committee meeting.”

The union demanded that “Gyeonggi-do after-school instructors urgently need livelihood support,” and that “just as Jeju and Busan city decided to provide emergency livelihood support to special-employed workers and freelancers, Gyeonggi-do should provide emergency livelihood support to after-school instructors.”


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