40% of Students and Teachers at Chinese International Schools Remain Abroad

40% of Students and Teachers at Chinese International Schools Remain Abroad
Sep 08, 2020 By eChinacities.com

As many as 40% of students and teachers at Chinese international schools remain abroad as the new term starts, according to a news report. Reuters news agency says the country’s international schools, which cater mainly to foreign nationals, will be opening their doors for the new academic year this month with a distinct lack of two important key elements — teachers and pupils.

40% of Students and Teachers at Chinese International Schools Remain Abroad

Many expats find themselves still stuck abroad after leaving China for the Lunar New Year holidays, right at the start of the deadly Covid-19 outbreak. Little did they know that nine months down the line, the virus would have spread all over the world and they would still be unable to return.

The Association of China and Mongolia International schools, which represents 58 learning institutions, told Reuters that a survey of its members in July found that 3,000 teachers and their dependents were still unable to enter China. A further 700 from schools that didn’t respond may also be in the same boat.

Tom Ulmet, the executive director of the association, said schools were trying to survive by increasing class sizes and keeping some lessons online. Meanwhile, foreign teachers who are currently in China report heavier workloads and longer hours. “This is probably the biggest issue that we have faced as an organisation since SARS in 2003,” Ulmet said.

Although China has begun processing visas for select groups of foreigners and some schools have been given permission to bring back stranded teachers, other teachers have had their visa requests denied or simply been unable to get on the still very limited number of flights allowed to come into China.

Even when travel restrictions are eventually lifted, some expat families may not be returning at all as foreign firms scramble to slash their costs amid the fallout from the pandemic and rising China-US tensions. Whether or not there will be a lasting impact on school budgets remains to be seen.

Non-international schools in China are also struggling with a shortage of foreign teachers. According to a text message sent to parents by the Chinese-run YK Pao school, some lessons will remain online this term as seven of 19 staff members are unable to start the academic year.

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I watched a random video recently, a training centre in Guangdong has no choice but to temporary close down in view of that it is too small to qualify for a PU letter.

Nov 14, 2020 19:27 Report Abuse



According to recruiters and schools that I have death so far, the chances of obtaining for PU letter remain slim for native while it is impossible for non native at this moment.

Nov 04, 2020 08:23 Report Abuse



To my knowledge, there are schools willing to pay higher salary to foreigners who are currently in China but surprisingly, I find out some are still currently seeking for a job despite the demand remain high now. It is a good time to negotiate for a better pay at this moment.

Oct 29, 2020 13:06 Report Abuse



Most schools are still unable or unwilling to provide PU letter especially to non native speakers. Similarly, chances of getting a PU letter to native speaker remain low.

Oct 29, 2020 13:03 Report Abuse



Many foreigners are looking for an opportunity to enter China but chances are bleak still. Sadly many counties are currently experiencing 2nd and possibly 3rd wave.

Oct 29, 2020 13:00 Report Abuse



The country is trying as much as good to criate a room for young generation to education for the preparation of criating condusive life to the future generation

Oct 19, 2020 03:50 Report Abuse



Besides the strict restriction, other main concern includes expensive air fare to fly into China at this moment

Sep 12, 2020 13:19 Report Abuse



My friend who works as a piano teacher from Italy, he could enter China recently with special invitation letter from local government . So now, China has been opened to accecpt teachers who are coming back to school. Now problem is; 1) Very expensive airfare to China, 2) Still need to stay at hotel for 2 weeks after arrival. (It costs so high.!) These are key issued for all teachers who have been struggling own country.

Sep 09, 2020 17:24 Report Abuse



these numbers seem about right for my school

Sep 09, 2020 11:11 Report Abuse



there are a few ways at looking at this as far as the adults with jobs are concerned. first of all I would propose that the stastic is much higher than 40% locked out. The reason for this is to do with what I am going to say next. There has long been a tradition of western people coming to work in China, earning money (fair and square) but always looking to get out of the country at the time of any national holiday, which to me always seems like they are only coming for the money. It is not hard to imagine that a lot of these types of people were sat in places like Bali, Cebu, Australia etc. in February feeling smug that they got out in time, only to then find out a fw weeks later that they cannot come back. Irony at its finest. But put that into context against the expats who decided to stick it out, under conditions that were severely strict for weeks and in some cases months. Who deserves the respect when articles like this are written?

Sep 08, 2020 18:41 Report Abuse



it was also WInter vacation, they are not supposed to travel?

Sep 09, 2020 11:12 Report Abuse



China is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the Covid 19 is under control and the well being of its citizen is well protected. The situation in certain countries are still out of control. It is not an easy job to strike a balance in between. A challenging task indeed.

Sep 08, 2020 10:37 Report Abuse




Sep 09, 2020 11:15 Report Abuse



If other countries have taken the necessary steps like China does, the situation would have been better by now.

Sep 09, 2020 11:58 Report Abuse




Sep 10, 2020 10:57 Report Abuse