Monday, May 17, 2010

Don’t exclude Korean schools! Protest against Ministry of Education

On April 16, 2010, 50 persons joined a protest against the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, demanding the immediate repeal of the exclusion of Korean schools from the high school tuition subsidy program. The protest was organized by the executive committee of the urgent action against the exclusion (joined by 700 persons), which was taken on March 27, and the resolution adopted in that action was submitted to the ministry on April 16. The ministry restricted the number of negotiators to ten, so most of the protestors had to wait outside. However, the ministry was obliged to say, “We have not necessarily decided to exclude Korean schools yet”, amid the appeal of representatives of Korean school students and their mothers’ organizations. It is still necessary to advance efforts to demand the government to repeal the exclusion. (Reported by Yumoto Masanori) Image (UnionTube) *Photo: Meeting to report 

4月16日、高校無償化から朝鮮学校を排除している事態に対して、即時排除撤回を文部科学省に求める行動がもたれ50名が参加した。この行動は、3月27日東京で開催された「高校無償化」からの朝鮮学校排除に反対する緊急行動(700名参加)の実行委員会の主催したもので、この日は集会決議が文科省に提出された。交渉には文科省側から人数制限(10名)が課せられ、ほとんどの参加者は省外で待たされる形となった。しかし、交渉に参加した朝鮮高校生徒代表やオモニの会の代表が思いを訴える中で、文科省も「朝鮮学校の排除を決定したわけではない」と言わざるをえない状況が作られた。今後、さらに政府に排除撤回をせまる取り組みが求められている。(湯本雅典) 報告・動画(UnionTube)

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