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Stepparents can join school committee: rights commissionBy 윤민식
Published : July 16, 2015 - 16:13
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea said it recommended the Education Ministry revise its manual on school committees, which bans anyone without a legal filiation of a child from joining his or her school committee.
Even if the marriage effectively made them parent and child, one still has to undergo a formal adoption process to be legally considered a parent.
In March, a 59-year-old man surnamed Kim filed a petition to the NHRC after his attempt to become a committee member at his child’s school was thwarted.
The NHRC said that barring the stepparent, who takes care of the child and oversees his education, from joining a school committee falls under “irrational discrimination,” stipulated by clause 2 of the National Human Rights Commission Act. It added that allowing one to exercise his or her rights as a parent at a school should be based on one’s actual relationship with the child, not on legal status.
“The rights exercised as a school committee member does not involve legal complications such as the child‘s legal proxy. We must prioritize what is in the best interest of the child,” it said.
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