An unprecedented situation occurred when the National Technical Qualification answer sheets were mistakenly shredded before scoring. It was decided to give 609 candidates who had prepared for the exam a chance to retake the exam, but controversies such as complaints between existing candidates and affected candidates over difficulty and discrimination were inevitable, and the credibility of the national qualification exam was fatally damaged.
It is expected that a major investigation and punishment of the responsible parties will be inevitable in the future over the management mistakes of the Korea Industrial Manpower Institute, which disclosed this fact more than a month after the accident. On the 23rd, Chairman Eo Soo-bong said, “I will take the corresponding responsibility,” suggesting the possibility of voluntary resignation, but it is expected that the ripples will continue, including a lawsuit.
On the same day, the Korea Industrial Manpower Corporation announced that it has identified the fact that the answer sheets for the ‘2023 regular driver and industrial engineer 1st practical examination’ were shredded due to a mistake and has begun preparing follow-up measures such as retesting the relevant examinees.
According to the corporation, 609 candidates took the first practical examination for regular engineers held on April 23 at Yonseo Middle School in Seoul, Korea, in 61 categories, including construction machinery and equipment engineers. After the examination, 18 bags of answer sheets from 16 examination centers were scheduled to be delivered to the KITA’s Seoul West Branch. However, the answer sheets for the test held at Yeonsu Middle School were mistakenly missing.
The corps headquarters, which did not recognize this during the handover process, only realized that 609 students’ answer sheets were missing during the grading process on the 20th.
The grading process also reportedly failed to recognize the missing answer sheets.
The organization belatedly launched an investigation, but the 609 answer sheets had already been shredded along with the rest of the printed materials.
Despite the absence of the answer sheets for over a month, the staff in charge reported that they had completed the handover normally.
The corporation said it would provide an additional test opportunity for four days from June 1-4 to ensure that test takers would not be disadvantaged in using their qualifications, such as taking the civil service exam. The results of the additional test will be announced on June 9, the same day as the announcement of the successful candidates of the regular one-time practical examination for engineers and industrial engineers.
Other candidates will be given the opportunity to take an additional test on June 24 and 25 to ensure that there is no interruption in the registration process for the second regular test, and fees will be refunded for those who do not take the test. The additional examination will be available for candidates to choose from during the period, and will be held at KOSDAQ-affiliated institutions in the desired areas, taking into account the accessibility of examination centers.
The KEPCO will contact all 609 candidates individually to explain the follow-up measures and apologize.
“As a public organization that is supposed to ensure the fairness and reliability of national qualifications, we feel a heavy responsibility for what happened,” said Er Su-bong. “We will thoroughly investigate the incident and determine what went wrong. We will thoroughly investigate the incident to determine what went wrong and hold those responsible, including myself, accountable.”
“We will review the qualification examination system from start to finish,” he added, “and we apologize once again to the test takers and the public for the damage caused.”
The unprecedented botched management of the national technical qualification exam is expected to lead to a series of major investigations, audits and reprimands against those responsible. The Ministry of Employment and Labor has reportedly launched a special supervision of the institute.
Despite these measures, the controversy over the unprecedented incident of shredding answer sheets is expected to continue for some time.
The National Technical Qualification Examination is administered in a question bank format, meaning that different questions are required for each exam. As the organization provides six opportunities for additional exams, this means that at least six types of test questions must be presented.
The KITA also plans to provide special treatment for those who cannot take the exam on that date, such as those traveling abroad, so that they can take the exam alone, which is not a problem.
The controversy is likely to intensify if the retest is given at a different level of difficulty than the original test.
“We have 10 to 20 times the number of questions as the original exam, so there is no problem with different questions,” said Mr. Er, explaining, “We will make sure that they are the same difficulty level.”
Depending on the outcome of the retest, it is possible that a large-scale lawsuit will be filed by test takers. The national and local civil service exams are scheduled for the 10th and 14th of next month, and it is possible that some candidates will not even be eligible to take them, let alone receive extra points for having a driver’s license.
Moreover, the National Technical Qualification Examination is considered an essential qualification for university graduates or graduates to get a job in a related field and is also known as an “employment gate.
“In addition to taking strict measures such as reprimanding those responsible for the wrongdoings identified through the special investigation,토토사이트 we plan to review and improve the entire process of implementing the national technical qualification to prevent similar cases from recurring,” the ministry explained.
On the other hand, the regular engineer examination is a test of expertise across industries, including information processing engineers, electricians, civil engineers, industrial safety engineers, architects, and gas engineers. It is held four times a year and can be taken by university graduates or prospective graduates of related majors and those with a certain level of experience in the field of work.