Science Education Promotion Act


Published: 2013-03-23

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 Article 1 (Purpose)   print
The purpose of this Act is to cultivate scientific knowledge, research ability and creativity of people by prescribing matters necessary for the promotion of science education, thereby contributing to the national and social development.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 2 (Definitions)   print
The terms used in this Act shall be defined as follows: <Amended by Act No. 11527, Dec. 11, 2012>
1. The term "science education" means education concerning natural science, which is provided in science education institutes;
2. The term "science education institute" means any school or institute falling under any of the following items which provides science education:
(b) Schools fostering science teachers for schools of each level below high schools among those under Article 2 of the Higher Education Act;
(c) Education training institutes, student training institutes, and education research institutes which are established under Acts and subordinate statutes or municipal ordinances concerning education;
3. The term "science teacher"means teachers providing education related to natural science at science education institutes, and educational expert officials under Article 2 (2) of the Public Educational Officials Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 3 (Duties of State and Local Governments)   print
(1) The State and local governments shall establish policies on the following matters in order to promote science education, as prescribed by this Act or other relevant Acts and subordinate statutes:
1. Establishment of comprehensive plans on science education;
2. Fostering, securing, treating, and educating science teachers;
3. Development and distribution of teaching materials and tools for science, and expansion and improvement of laboratory and practice facilities;
4. Development of science education curriculum and educational programs;
5. Building of the basis for distance learning for science education;
6. Establishment and operation of science museums;
7. Provision of expenses for experiment and practical training, research subsidies and scholarships;
8. Assistance to science education research institutes;
9. Holding and supporting science events for juveniles;
10. Other matters necessary for promoting science education.
(2) When it is deemed that a local government shows a poor performance on the implementation of policies for the promotion of science education or takes insufficient budgetary measures, the State may recommend such local government to take necessary measures, such as increase in budget allocation, etc.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 4 (Utilization of Research Facilities)   print
(1) If it is necessary to utilize facilities for the research, experiment, and study on science, a science education institute may request the State, a local government, a national or public enterprise, or an institution or organization which receives contributions or subsidies from the State or local government for the utilization of such facilities.
(2) The head of an institute or organization upon the receipt of the request for the utilization of facilities pursuant to paragraph (1) shall positively cooperate with it unless any special ground exists.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 5 Deleted.<by Act No. 10083, Mar. 17, 2010>   print
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 Article 6 (Designation of Science Education Research Institutes)   print
The Minister of Education may designate a research institute or organization related to science education as a science education research institute in order to have it perform the following duties: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Research on the contents, methods and evaluation of science education;
2. Research on discovering and educating excellent students in science;
3. Research on the development and assessment of scientific creativity;
4. Development of learning methods and materials for science education;
5. Development and operation of science education programs for distance learning;
6. Improvement of international cooperation on science education;
7. Other matters necessary for the promotion of science education.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 7 (Support and Assistance of Expenses)   print
(1) The State and local governments may provide financial supports necessary for science education to science education institutes within budgetary limits.
(2) The State and local governments may provide subsidies for expenses to relevant corporations or organizations within budgetary limits in order to support activities of research and study of students and teachers on science education.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 8 (International Cooperation)   print
The State and local governments shall establish and implement plans for international cooperation on the following matters with foreign governments, international organizations, or science education and training institutes, science research institutes, or industrial enterprises in foreign countries:
1. Information exchange on science education;
2. Exchange and training of science teachers;
3. Participation in various activities related to science education;
4. Other activities to improve international cooperation necessary for the promotion of science education.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
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 Article 9 (Securing, etc. of Teaching Materials and Tools for Science)   print
(1) The State and local governments shall take measures necessary to help science education institutes to secure teaching materials and tools for science for the purpose of promoting science education.
(2) Types of and criteria for teaching materials and tools for science among necessary measures under paragraph (1) shall be determined by the Superintendents of the Offices of Education of a Special Metropolitan City, a Metropolitan City, a Do and a Special Self-Governing Province.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011]
ADDENDUM
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA<Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDUM<Act No. 10083, Mar. 17, 2010>
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM<Act No. 10867, Jul. 21, 2011>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA<Act No. 11527, Dec. 11, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA<Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
(1) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) Omitted.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.