Hagwon Curfew Idea Quashed By Lawmakers
The idea blurted out three weeks ago by Kwak Seung-jun, the head of the Presidential Council for Future and Vision, was an ‘ambitious plan’ to crack down on hagwons who operated after 10pm. It created nothing short of its own firestorm from all sides, which left the Lee Myung-bak Administration with no other option than to distance themselves from their over-exposed pointman on education policy.
Now, the Korea Times reports:
Police will not be allowed to crackdown on private institutions providing middle or high school students with courses after 10 p.m., the chief policymaker of the governing Grand National Party (GNP) said Monday.
Rep. Yim Tae-hee told reporters that the party’s key post holders vetoed the plan to introduce a bill aimed at setting a curfew for hagwon operating hours and using police to crackdown on private institutions violating the regulation at a meeting with education ministry officials.