Candidates for superintendent of education cannot run for election as a party affiliation and cannot receive political party support.
However, most candidates are already campaigning for their political views, in effect.
Some critics say that this outwardly promoting political neutrality only increases the side effects.
Next is reporter Kim Kyung-hee.
is the election poster of the candidates for the Seoul Superintendent of Education.
No party signs or symbols can be found anywhere.
However, the political orientation of the candidates is easy to guess.
Through color or relief.
However, under the Local Education Autonomy Act, candidates for superintendent of education must not affiliate with a particular political party for at least one year prior to running for political neutrality.
The gap between law and reality is not limited to posters.
In the local elections four years ago, the superintendent candidates spent more money than the provincial and provincial governor candidates.
The lower the interest of the voters, the more expensive the election.
Most of these expenses must be paid by the candidate through a sponsorship or publication anniversary party.
[Kwak No-hyun / then Seoul Superintendent of Education (August 28, 2011): (Candidate Myung-ki Park) owed a lot of debt in the process of running for the Seoul Superintendent’s Election twice.
It is pointed out that the high-cost elections are also the cause of the corruption of direct superintendents, including former superintendent Kwak.
[Park Yong-soo / Director General of Seoul National University (2018 Incheon Superintendent of Education Preliminary Candidate): Because the individual bears the enormous election cost, in the end (after the election), whether you receive money because you lack money or receive money for the election, the problem of time difference The
conclusion is the same.]
There is also an opinion that candidates for provincial and provincial governors belonging to a political party should be chosen by the voters together with the candidate for superintendent of education as their running mate.
The explanation is that this can reduce election costs and increase policy stability.
[Park Dae-kwon/Professor of Youth Guidance Department, Myongji University: Political parties tend to converge midway when making policies.
The superintendent of education has no choice but to voice a more extreme voice than a political party because he is supported by a social group that has a stronger voice.]
Now is the time to think about how to increase the efficiency of elections without undermining the political neutrality of education.
(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Yang Won, CG: Soo-in Jo)
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