Thursday, January 27, 2005

Weird.
It's so strange...Gyeonggi province is hiring foreigners to work in their public school system, but they seem to be really far off the mark on what kind of people they're going to find. From the ad:

Salary ranges from 1.8-2.2 million won, depending on level of experience:

1. Lvl. 1 Teacher (2.2mil): Have two years of full-time teaching experience at accredited institutions plus (A) a Teacher's Certificate for elementary or secondary school; or (B) a TESOL/TEFL certificate (min. 100 hrs.); or (C) a Master's degree.

2. Lvl. 2 Teacher (2.0mil): Have (A) a Teacher's certificate for elementary or secondary school; or (B) a TESOL/TEFL certificate (min. 100 hrs.); or (C) a Bachelor's degree with at least one year of teaching experience at accredited institutions.

3. Lvl. 3 Teacher (1.8mil): Have a Bachelor's degree, but no experience or certification as outlined above.


If you've got a Bachelor's degree and no experience, you can easily make 2 million won right out of the gate -- I know I was making more than that at my first hagwon. If you've got a TESOL qualification and/or a Master's, you can easily get a university job with low working hours, higher pay, and tons of paid vacation (Gyeonggi is offering just 2 weeks). I understand that elementary teaching isn't nearly as bad as hagwon teaching (on the whole), but they really need to offer salaries commensurate with industry standards if they expect to get qualified teachers. Korea deserves better than unqualified losers...especially if they're inviting them into the public schools.

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