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    Jun 03, 2014

    Seoul schools chief wannabe not in daughter's good books


    THE front runner in Wednesday's election to be Seoul's education supremo has had his campaign rocked by his own daughter accusing him of being a negligent father unfit to hold the office.

    With just days to go before polling, Koh Seung Duk, a celebrity lawyer and former lawmaker, was the clear favourite to become the capital's next superintendent of schools - a powerful post in education-obsessed South Korea.

    But his chances took a battering over the weekend when his estranged 27-year-old daughter claimed in a Facebook post that he "never partook in the education of his own children".

    Candy Koh - raised in the United States by Mr Koh's former wife who divorced him when Candy was 11 - said she had "next to no memories" of her father behaving as a parent before or after the divorce.

    Mr Koh, 56, made his name in the South as a prodigy who passed several, highly competitive state exams at an unusually young age. He has, for decades, lectured young South Koreans on study skills and the importance of education.

    "As a child, he neither educated nor rarely even spoke to me, I must inform the citizens of Seoul that he does not qualify for this position," his daughter said.

    The Facebook post sparked a backlash against Mr Koh on South Korean Internet portals and social networks, and received extensive coverage in yesterday's national dailies.

    At a hastily arranged press conference on Sunday, Mr Koh said he would not be withdrawing his candidacy and said his daughter was taking part in a "political plot" organised by an election rival.

    "I am truly sorry for my daughter. But I will fight against the political plot to bring me down," he said.