High school student Yang Dae-rim (C) arrives at the Constitutional Court in central Seoul last Friday, to submit a petition challenging the government’s plan to extend the COVID-19 vaccine pass program to adolescents from February. (Yonhap)
Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae held a meeting with representatives of the Korean Hakwon Association (KAOH), a professional group of the school industry, and agreed to present measures related to the expansion of vaccination cards by the end of the year.
Starting in February, the government plans to require not only adults, but also children between the ages of 12 and 18, to present COVID-19 vaccination or negative test certificates in multi-use facilities, including wards. public study and cram schools.
The announced plan along with the tightened assembly restrictions triggered a strong reaction from students and parents, saying the measure amounts to forcing the vaccination of minors. An appeal against this decision has been filed with the Constitutional Court.
KAOH officials stressed that it has put in place strict anti-virus measures in schools and actively complied with various government response measures in the event of a pandemic.
Yoo said she understood the industry’s concerns and added that the ministry planned to come up with measures after considering comments from authorities, experts and industry stakeholders. The ministry and KAOH have agreed to form a joint consultation group to advance related discussions. (Yonhap)