A survey result showed that 65.7% of parents in Jeollanam-do were in favor of the abolition of ‘after-school days’. The Jeollanam-do Office of Education has been operating an after-school day without school since last year.
The After-School Teachers’ Union (Chairperson Kim Kyung-hee) held a press conference in front of the Jeonnam Provincial Office of Education on the 1st and urged, “The Jeonnam Provincial Office of Education, which is the only country in the country to operate a day without after-school schools, should be abolished even now.”
The union announced today the results of a survey conducted from the 15th to the 22nd of last month on 408 parents of elementary schools in Jeollanam-do on the operation of after-school days without school. Regarding the operation of after-school days without school, 65.7% of the respondents said, “It should be abolished,” and only 21.8% said, “It should be maintained.” In the case of single-parent families and dual-income couples, the opinion of abolition was higher than the overall average at 87.5% and 70.4%, respectively.
When asked how their children use their time on days when there is no after-school school, 36.5% answered, “I go to a private academy”. It was followed by “children alone” (20.6%) and “parental care” (13.2%). The union pointed out, “The purpose of the Jeonnam Provincial Office of Education for introducing after-school days without school was to secure free time for activities and to create a play culture, but in reality, only going to hagwons, neglected, or increased parental care work.”
Chairman Kim Kyung-hee said, “It has been a year since the Jeonnam Provincial Office of Education implemented the After-School Day, and it is questionable whether it is being operated according to the purpose of its introduction. This will have to be answered.”