YONGIN, South Korea, Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae called Monday for a group of private kindergartens to cancel their decision to postpone the opening of the spring semester in protest of the government's reform drive.
The Korea Kindergarten Association (KKA) said Sunday that more than 1,500 member institutions nationwide won't open Monday, the first day of the spring semester, despite the government's warning of punitive actions.
The government is pushing for reform of private kindergartens as some preschools have been found to have been involved in alleged corruption and misappropriation of state subsidies.
"The association's action is illegal. It should immediately revoke its move," Yoo said during her visit to an education office in Yongin, south of Seoul.
She warned that the private preschools' collective action constitutes a violation of children's right to learn.
"The government will cooperate with relevant organizations to minimize parents' inconvenience by prioritizing the protection of children's right to learn," she added.
Source: Yonhap news Agency