Park Yong-jin, a member of the Democratic Party of Korea, held a press conference at the National Assembly Jeongron Hall in March 2019 with civil society groups such as the National Kindergarten Parent Emergency Response Committee and ‘Politics Mothers’ It is the first step in ensuring ‘transparent accounting’,” and urges Hanyu Chong to participate in Edufine.
The Constitutional Court ruled that the government’s measures to have private kindergartens’ accounts be handled through the state management accounting system (Edufine) did not violate the Constitution. On the 25th, the Constitutional Court dismissed the constitutional complaint filed by the private kindergarten operators with the unanimous opinion of nine judges on the issue of the private kindergarten part in the main text of Article 53-3 of the Financial Accounting Rules of Private School Institutions. Previously, the government made it mandatory for private kindergartens to use Edufine like elementary, middle, and high schools as the corruption problem in private kindergartens became known, and in February 2019, the ‘Private School Institutions Financial Accounting Rules Article 53-3’ was amended. Edufine is a word derived from education and finance, and has been used in elementary, middle and high schools and national and public kindergartens nationwide since 2010 to enhance accounting convenience and prevent accounting fraud. In the Edufine system, it is necessary to record everything related to budgetary requirements, such as purchase costs, meal service costs, and student welfare costs. In May 2019, the operators of private kindergartens filed a constitutional complaint, claiming that the amended provisions violated the Constitution and that “the freedom of occupation and property rights have been infringed by the introduction of Edufine.” The Constitutional Court said that while hearing the case, it does not recognize the restriction of property rights due to the introduction of Edufine, and only judges whether the freedom of operation of private schools is infringed. This is because “(the introduction of Edufine) only electronically records the income and expenditure management of private kindergartens, and does not affect ownership or disposition of the revenue budget in any way.” The Constitutional Court said, “About 1.6 trillion won is provided annually for private kindergartens alone. It can also adversely affect health. It is inevitable for the state to intervene so that publicity can be guaranteed.” In addition, the Constitutional Court said, “It cannot be said that “preserving the history of revenue and expenditure (with Edufine) is an appropriate means to improve the transparency of private kindergarten accounting.” Considering that it does not have any impact, it cannot be seen as infringing on the freedom of operation of private schools by the founders of private kindergartens.” By Jeon Kwang-jun, staff reporter [email protected]