SEOUL, Jan.26 (Korea Bizwire) – Working moms and dads will now find it easier to participate in PTA meetings. Prior to recent changes, the meetings usually took place during the daytime, making working it difficult for working parents to attend, or leaving them feeling guilty at work about having to take the afternoon off.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced that it has established a list of suggestions to improve policies at part of its efforts to achieve gender equality.
Firstly, the ministry will now require schools to expand activities for working parents, and to hold parental activities after normal work hours or on weekends.
According to a survey conducted on 955 parents, 82.7 percent answered that ‘daytime parental activities at children’s schools are difficult to attend because of work’, and 72.5 percent answered that ‘working parents have difficulty participating in any kind of school activities’.
Another suggestion to the Ministry of Education was the establishment of new programs that would allow students to think outside the box and explore their future possibilities. The new programs will include content related to gender equality, so that students can consider all options for their future occupation instead of distinguishing between ‘man jobs’ and ‘woman jobs’.
In addition, it was suggested that job training for women be expanded. Educational programs in fields traditionally popular with women such as education, culture, art, design, broadcasting and beauty will be developed.
Authorities from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family commented that they will continue to look for policy improvements, and make changes when necessary to achieve gender equality.
By Lina Jang (email@example.com)