New rules have been drafted to toughen regulations for foreign teachers in China. Under the new proposals, which were issued on Tuesday and are now open for public comment until August 21, foreign teachers in China could be fired for so-called “words and deeds” that are deemed to harm China’s sovereignty.
Source: :Leonardo Toshiro Okubo
Global Times reports that foreigners will be banned from “illegally engaging in religious education of preaching” if the rules are finally approved by the Education, Foreign, Public Security and Science ministries.
Before taking up employment in China, foreign teachers would be required to undergo at least 20 hours of training on teaching ethics and the Chinese constitution. Those found in violation of the proposed rules would be reported to the education authorities and possibly fired.
As is already typically the case for new foreign teachers in China, faculty members would all be required to have at least a bachelor’s degree, a relevant teaching qualification and at least two years’ teaching experience. Schools would be required to publish the name, nationality and work permit of all teachers on their website, and those found employing teachers without the right qualifications could be fined 10,000 RMB per teacher.
Demand for foreign teachers, particularly English teachers, remains high in China, but with better than average starter salaries plus good benefits, it’s also become an increasingly popular career path for inexperienced new graduates. According to 2019 national statistics, there are more than a million foreign teachers in China, but only 10 percent have valid certificates.
Foreign teachers have come under increased scrutiny in recent years, with more and more getting detained and deported by authorities and several high profile cases hitting the headlines. In July last year, for example, 16 foreign teachers and students were arrested in a drugs bust at an Education First facility in Xuzhou.
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