Gov't Unveils Plan to Designate Single-Standardized History TextbooksVideo

Write : 2015-10-12 15:00:34 Update : 2015-10-13 10:10:05

Anchor: The government has officially announced that it will designate single-standardized Korean history textbooks for middle and high schools amid concerns that the current books contain ideological biases.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.
Report: Starting from the 2017 academic year, state-designated, single standardized Korean history textbooks will be used in middle and high schools.
Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea officially announced the reinstatement of the books at the Sejong Government Complex on Monday.
Hwang said that since its introduction in 2007, the system for screening Korean history textbooks has faced criticism for factual inaccuracies and ideological biases. Hwang said with the reinstatement, the government will aim to develop balanced, fact-based history textbooks.
The government has tentatively named the new books, “correct history textbooks.”
The government will designate the National Institute of Korean History as the organization responsible for compiling the books.
Hwang said the writing group will be formed with outstanding experts who have been recognized for their academic prestige and expertise. He said the books will include content that has been approved through sufficient agreement and screening.
The Education Ministry plans to transparently reveal the textbooks’ compilation process to avoid any controversy that the books could be ideologically biased. The ministry also plans to have a deliberation committee review the books at each stage.
The ministry on Monday issued an advance notice of the planned standardization, and it will start the writing process from November 5.
State-designated books had been used in schools from 1974 until a screening system for such books was introduced in 2010 for middle schools and in 2011 for high schools. The latest measure will see the system revert to state-designated books for the first time in seven years.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News. 

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