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1,119 badly-rated teachers to undergo retraining

More than a thousand teachers who scored poorly in evaluations last year will undergo teacher training and development programs starting next month, the Education Ministry said Sunday.

Out of 343,725 teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as special education schools nationwide, 1,119 teachers have been selected for the training session.

Until August, 64 teachers evaluated as “unsatisfactory” by both students and coworkers will attend either online or offline courses for up to 210 hours. The remaining 1,055 teachers were classified “unsatisfactory” only by students. They are required to complete a 60-hour program.

Those teachers who receive low scores for two consecutive years are required to go through a 24-week training program from March to August, during which they are barred from teaching. This year, three teachers must undergo the intensive course.

In 2010, 827 teachers were subjected to the program for low evaluation results. Of them, 98 percent completed it and 6.6 percent were required to repeat the program this year.

By Lee Woo-young (
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Korea Herald daum