Retired officials banned from top college posts

Former government officials will be banned from high-ranking posts at private universities in South Korea. According to the Education Ministry, officials have agreed to revise the Public Service Ethics Act to include private universities among the institutions that cannot hire civil servants, reports The Korea Herald.

The current law prohibits former civil servants from seeking a job at institutions such as major private enterprises, law firms and accounting firms. Officials from the top four grades of Korea’s nine-tier civil service will be subject to the policy.

The new rule has been made in response to criticism about the widespread practice of giving special favours to retired state officials. It has been customary for universities to hire former top officials from the Education Ministry as presidents. According to Representative Yoo Ki-hong of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, 10 of 14 former vice-education ministers from 2000 to present landed university chief jobs after they retired. Universities have been accused of hiring the former officials to use as ‘human shields’ from state inspections.
Full report on The Korea Herald site