Seo Hye-sook, Ministry of Education, K-Edufine construction and operation manager
“The Ministry of Education is making efforts to make it more convenient for 700,000 faculty and staff, including those with visual and hearing impairments, to use educational administrative and financial services, including electronic financial services, through K-Edufine. In addition, we plan to do our best so that parents and small business users can use K-Edufine stably 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, such as improving the convenience of paying education fees and reducing the burden of card fees.”
Seo Hye-suk, head of K-Edufine construction and operation of the Ministry of Education, said, “Since K-Edufine was opened in January 2020, we have been continuously improving the system to implement close service to education sites and the living places of ordinary people.”
K-Edufine is a very important system that forms the basis of administrative and financial affairs of elementary, elementary, and secondary educational institutions. After 12 years of construction in 2008, it was newly built as the current next-generation system and successfully opened in January 2020. It provides overall financial services such as financial accounting, school accounting, integrated assets, and clean finance to 700,000 faculty and staff. It also provides document processing services such as electronic approval and document distribution.
– Two years have passed since the opening of K-Edufine. the feeling
▲ Until early March 2020, when it was initially opened, there were many difficulties due to restrictions on face-to-face training for on-site users due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, thanks to continuous efforts to settle in the field and the active cooperation of metropolitan and provincial offices of education, now, in the second year of its opening, it is supporting the educational field with a stable system.
In September 2020, through K-Edufine, about 5 million elementary school students were given special child care support. As the government measures to reduce the burden of childcare due to the prolonged COVID-19, prompt support was important. Through K-Edufine, the payment was made within a short period of time and without any setbacks. It was rewarding in that it was able to handle important national policies without any setbacks. It also served as an opportunity to reconfirm the stability of the system.
As it is now, the most difficult task is to quickly, accurately, and disseminate new or changed content to the field. It is disseminated through various methods such as guidance, notice, consultation, manual, and education, but regrets remain. Accordingly, the K-Edufine newsletter, which is a preliminary guide, was published on the 2nd and started to be disseminated.
– What financial services are supported by K-Edufine?
▲ Electronic financial services such as e-payment, parent e-payment, and zero pay can be cited. It is an electronic financial service that electronically handles financial tasks that were handled offline by faculty and parents.
The e-spending service is an automatic disbursement method using EFT or e-education safe. The salaries of 700,000 faculty and staff are also being paid through the electronic disbursement service. It has the effect of preventing accounting accidents as well as efficiently handling expenses for faculty and staff.
The parent electronic payment service provides convenience by allowing parents to choose their preferred payment method, such as cash account transfer, credit card, or mobile app, to pay for education.
In addition, Zero Pay is a convenient mobile payment service that can be used to revitalize the local economy and promote win-win cooperation with small businesses. By providing a 0% card payment fee rate benefit, it has the effect of significantly lowering the fee burden for small business owners. Provincial and provincial education offices replace the use of corporate cards, which can reduce daily work and enhance accounting transparency.
– In the future, K-Edufine will focus on
▲ As K-Edufine is a vast information system that is implemented in accordance with laws and regulations, there are constantly areas that need to be revised and tasks for advancement. Technological advances are also needed. Field users demand a simpler and more convenient system than the present. To solve these various problems, we plan to create a system that is closer to users.
In particular, we are expanding and improving the application area of web accessibility by reflecting the voices of the field so that visually impaired faculty and staff can use K-Edufine more conveniently. Currently, we plan to further discover and improve web accessibility improvement tasks, such as improving about 200 web accessibility features.
Hearing-impaired faculty and staff have no problem with system accessibility, but may have limitations in video training or wire counseling. To this end, we are supporting this by providing user manuals and operating a Q&A bulletin board. We are reviewing the manual with an emphasis on updating the manual and improving the Q&A response rate.