The South Korean health ministry and ruling party today unveiled plans to toughen punishment of child abuse at nursery schools. It comes in response to a recent assault on a 4-year-old that sent shockwaves throughout the country.
The new “one-strike” guidelines would close any daycare center involved in even a single instance of child abuse, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the ruling Saenuri Party.
It would also result in the permanent ban of the perpetrator and facility’s director from the sector. The current regulations allow for an institution to be shut down after three cases of abuse. Only a child’s death or the conviction of a teacher for abuse can bring about the immediate closure of an institution. The plan would also require all nursery schools to install CCTV cameras, and disclose footage on parents’ request.
According to data, only 21 percent of daycare centers across the country currently have CCTVs.
Source: Busan eFM News
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