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Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations has introduced a new transparent system of screening tests for knowledge of the Korean language for citizens wishing to find a job in the Republic of Korea.
In this regard, the Ministry wants to clarify the situation and briefly outline the advantages of the new system in order to avoid biased and biased interpretations and assessments.
According to the Memorandum between the Ministries of Labor of Uzbekistan and Korea for employment in Korea, citizens of Uzbekistan must pass two stages of testing for knowledge of the Korean language, one preliminary, the other - the main test (EPS-TOPIK). The EPS-TOPIK test is conducted by the Korea Human Resource Development Service (HRD). Until recently, preliminary testing was carried out by only one organization located in the city of Tashkent, which created a monopoly position, and also caused inconvenience and costs for citizens from the regions.
The organization conducting the tests did not set rating indicators for assessing citizens’ knowledge, depending on the test results. Responsibility for the selection of citizens for the next stage of testing was assigned to the Agency for External Labor Migration, which was not able to verify the accuracy of their results. In addition, the preliminary test questions were developed in Uzbekistan by domestic universities and were not related to EPS-TOPIK questions accepted by the Korean side, which caused inconvenience for citizens.
Thus, the system of screening testing was opaque and incomprehensible to citizens, which gave rise to corruption risks and public discontent. In addition, there have been repeated complaints from the Korean side about the low level of knowledge of the Korean language by the citizens of Uzbekistan. The Korean side has repeatedly recommended improving the quality and eliminating the monopoly of the pre-selection system.
The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of September 12, 2018 introduced a new system of accreditation of centers for the assessment of professional and linguistic competencies of citizens traveling to work abroad.
According to the new order, the monopoly was terminated and, for the convenience of citizens, conditions were created for the organization of test centers for knowledge of a foreign language in the regions of the republic. As for the preliminary tests of knowledge of the Korean language, the test questions were newly developed and close to EPS-TOPIK. It is important that test centers can participate in a preliminary testing system based on an agreement with the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations, where the powers, rights and obligations of the parties are clearly defined and delimited.
Test centers independently determine and provide the Agency for External Labor Migration with a list of citizens who have the best test scores (over 70% of the maximum possible score). At the same time, the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations has the right to check on a sample basis the accuracy of test results, including with the assistance of foreign experts. A dynamic rating is introduced on-line, where every citizen can freely access the results of the tests passed on the website of the ministry.
The new system will increase the responsibility of the parties for the accuracy and transparency of testing, encourage citizens to learn Korean, and establish a high level of knowledge as the only criterion for passing tests and further employment in Korea.
As for the citizens who have passed the preliminary exam before entering the new system, they will be included in the dynamic rating if they have certificates of competence issued by test centers.