|Pai Chai University President Kim Seon-jae, right, smiles while giving away sandwiches to students inside the university campus in Daejeon, about 140 kilometers south of Seoul, Tuesday, a day before Teacher's Day. Courtesy of Pai Chai University|
By Lee Min-hyung
Pai Chai University President Kim Seon-jae has drawn the spotlight by giving away sandwiches and beverages to students ahead of Teacher's Day which fell on Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, Kim welcomed students near the front gate of the university in Daejeon, a city situated about 140 kilometers south of Seoul, providing food to about 500 students.
The event came a day before the May 15 Teacher's Day, and Kim said he organized the event to have face-to-face communication with students.
He said he did not want to take part in formal and rigid events marking the day, and was pleased to hear the voices of the students. Kim and university officials also set up a bulletin board near the event venue for students to write any complaints and suggestions for the university.
"Under the current law, it has become difficult for students to pay tribute to teachers (by giving even some small gifts), so I thought of ways to give back to students on the day," Kim said.
He was referring to the so-called Kim Young-ran Act, the anti-graft law introduced in September 2016. The act, named after the former chief of the nation's anti-corruption agency, was aimed at building a corruption-free society.
Under the law, teachers and professors are not allowed to receive any gifts or meals from students or their parents, regardless of the price.