There is an elementary care center in Seoul that is operated directly by local governments for the first time in the country and has attracted attention as an excellent case.
However, parents are protesting that this local government will withdraw its hands from management.
Reporter Jeong Da-eun covered it.
is an elementary school care center in Jung-gu, Seoul.
It is open until 8 pm and lunch and snacks are free.
There are two caregivers in one classroom, and they are responsible for the children's dismissal from school.
[Baek Ji-yeon/Director of the care center at Namsan Elementary School, Jung-gu, Seoul: Since there are two teachers, safety is the top priority when children leave school, and children are dismissed to the front door.] In
other areas, each school operates with the budget of the Office of Education, but each school operates within Jung-gu. The 16 care centers have been directly managed by the Jung-gu Office since 2019.
As the satisfaction of parents exceeded 99%, it received the President's Award in the evaluation of excellent policies by local governments.
However, recently, the Jung-gu Office is pursuing a plan to hand over the operation of the care classes back to the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
[Mr. A/Parents in Jung-gu, Seoul: Because the quality is dictated by private companies, the state operated by the education office, and the things being operated in Jung-gu are different…
I don't have a well-drawn roadmap (I'm nervous.)]
The problem was the budget.
The budget for the elementary school care project over the past four years was about 23.6 billion won.
Although the state and the city also receive it, the financial burden has increased as the Jung-gu office bears 77%.
[Kim Gil-seong / Mayor of Jung-gu, Seoul: All 50 local governments across the country came and benchmarked.
And I didn't even do one.
There is something wrong with that structure.
With this structure, local governments cannot (continue).] This is
a structure in which local governments that directly manage childcare classes for residents are again at a budget disadvantage.
There are also opinions that the central government should establish a large frame of care and play a coordinating role between the local government and the education office in order to utilize and expand the advantages of direct management of local governments.
(Video coverage: Jeon Gyeong-bae, video editing: Kim Byung-jik, VJ: Shin So-young)