As I mentioned from my September Shoutouts II:
Last week, the DMOE finally sent out a notice stating that starting fall term, all NETs will have school holidays off. Yay, right? Before you get too excited, this doesn’t mean the chains come off and that NETs are excluded from desk-warming duties come winter! No, while the entire public school system will be off for winter vacation, NETs are still expected to show for work.
Below is the letter we received from our DMOE confirming this:
September 9, 2010
I am writing to inform you that an official document regarding the policy about NETs and school holidays has been sent to your school yesterday; Native teachers with DMOE are not required to come to work on school holidays from this semester.
This is what happened:
EPIK and Supervisors of all MOEs and POEs participating in EPIK program hold a meeting once or twice a year. In the beginning the year, there was a meeting and someone pointed out that native teachers are required to go to work on days that are not national holidays. EPIK and the supervisors looked into the labor laws and immigration laws and confirmed that this was true. However, there was another meeting held over the summer and the supervisors of MOEs and POEs have discussed and concluded that they would all like to have the native teachers take a holiday on school holidays without having to use a paid vacation day. According to this agreement with other MOEs and POEs, native teachers with DMOE are not required to come to work on school holidays. You will not need to use your paid vacation days for this.
I am very happy with the change. I am glad that not only DMOE but other POEs and MOEs are willing to change policies and regulations to accommodate native teachers’ needs and improve working conditions. Last semester’s policy regarding school holidays was in no one’s favor, including the supervisors and schools. I am glad there are positive changes taking place. I wish native teachers’ enquiries and requests continue to be considered in the future for improvements. You will not need to explain or notify your school about the change since an official document already has been sent to your school regarding the policy.
I believe many schools have a school holiday the Monday before or the Friday after the Chuseok holiday. Enjoy the long weekend and good luck with everything in the new semester.
Ji Won Shin
Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education
Namgu Daemyeong 2 Dong 1819-37
Daegu, South Korea