With over 4,000 teachers needed in China, recruitment companies are finding it harder and harder to get well qualified and committed teachers.
There are two main reasons cited for the problem.
- The government and teaching authorities are raising the standards required of foreign teachers, sometimes asking for as much as 5 years previous experience.
- Many schools have treated their teachers badly in the past and now foreign teachers are often more wary of taking jobs in China after stories of low pay and poor conditions have come out.
In the past China has been seen a something of a “Wild West” when it comes to TEFL, but now it’s time for the local education authorities to put their house in order and ask for reasonable qualifications and experience from their teachers and, at the same time, make sure those teachers are well looked after.
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