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Children of Those who Rendered Distinguished Services to the Nation Receive 5 % of Additional Points
Date 2006-11-08 오후 3:38:20 View 1118
- Revised Bill for Giving Additional Points in Civil Service Examination... Come into Effect from July 2007

In an effort to improve the `Incentive system for national meritorious persons and their bereaved families in civil service exams,` which has long been controversial after decided as unconstitutional, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yu-chul Park) prepared three revised bills including `the revised bill regarding honorable treatment and support provided to national meritorious persons` and announced the new legislative bill on Aug. 18th. The new bill will go into effect from July 1st, 2007 after being put to vote in the National Assembly during the second half of this year.

The `Incentive system for national meritorious persons and their bereaved families in civil service exams` was ruled by the court of constitutional review as unconstitutional on last Feb. 23rd and recommended to be substituted with others by June 30th 2007. According to the new draft legislation, the ratio of incentives for national meritorious persons, such as patriots who contributed to the national independence, veterans and policemen disabled on duty, and their bereaved families (those of patriotic martyrs, veterans and policemen killed in action, victims of the May 18th Democratization Uprising Movement, etc.) will be maintained at the current level of 10%, while incentive ratio for the children and family members will be sharply reduced to 5%.

With the abolition of the `incentive grant system` to those who get less than 40 % of points in each examination subject, persons of merit who are competent and qualified as civil servants are to be passed in the exams. Also, in the face of reduced incentives, in order to support the beneficiaries to enhance their capacity to get a job by themselves the `Employment Voucher System,` under which part of tuition fees is provided when taking classes for civil service exams or learning foreign languages, will be introduced from 2007. Meanwhile, the existing ceiling ratio (30%) of employment, which was designed to prevent too many national meritorious persons from passing the exam with limited number of seats, will be maintained. Over the past three years, an average of 28.2% and 16.2% of national meritorious applicants passed exam for the seventh and the ninth class public servants respectively.

After peaking in 2004, over the past five years, the rate of successful applicants among persons of merit (in the exams for seventh and ninth class public servants, and teachers` license examination) turned downward, recording 6.2% (647 persons) in 2005 and 4.9% (610 persons) in 2006 at the teachers` license examination (for primary school and kindergarten).

In order to improve the `Incentive system for national meritorious persons in employment,` the MPVA formed T/F team (headed by the Vice Minister of the MPVA and composed of director generals from related ministries including the Education, Defense, Government Administration Ministries, Civil Service Commission, and civil experts) and came up with a proposal for improvement through many rounds of discussion. An official from the MPVA said that, "If the incentive rate is cut to 5% from 10%, the rate of successful applicants among national meritorious persons and their family members will sharply drop, and that of general public will increase in return, eventually expected to contribute to resolving infringement of the right to equality and the right to assume official duties."
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