S. Korea, Japan Needs 13,500 English Teachers

More than 200 professional teachers lined-up for application at the Korean Embassy in McKinley Road yesterday following the announcement of Korean Ambassador Lee Hyun-wook, that South Korea is open to hire 8,500 English teachers from Philippines. The sudden job opportunity announcement follows report of Korean expats that majority of Koreans in the country prefer to study in Korea with Filipino English teachers than in Philippines, citing security concerns.

Many South Koreans are hesitant to go to Philippines after learning from the Korean drama “Three Days” that kidnapping in Philippines is rampant and the victim is difficult to save. Although the scene on the drama is not true, many Filipinos believe that this drama should be banned from future airing and demands the apology from the Korean Film Director who created the fuss.

The job opening is open only to teachers who hold PRC license. English major is not required as majority of Korean students only requires Basic English language.

Although this is good news for teachers that holds PRC license, the Department of Education reacts differently. DepEd Seceretary Leonor Briones told the press that this job offer can create big problem to the agency when public school teachers leave their school and go to Korea for better salary.

“Licensed Teachers in Philippines who are jobless are hard to find as most board passers are hired by DepEd within two years after passing the LET. Where are they going to get qualified teachers if not from Public Schools”, Dr. Briones addressed the media during the press conference earlier today.

“It may offer a great financial upgrade but teachers should consider the long-term effect and their professional career once their 3 to 6 years contract is over”, Briones added.

“Hindi pa ako sigurado kasi ibang environment na naman yon e. Ang iniisip ko kasi kung makakabalik pa ako sa pagtuturo dito sa Pilipinas once natapos yong contract, sayang naman ang years bago ako magretire”, Delia Mapa, a Rizal Elementary School teacher for 15 years said.

Malacañang on the other hand is happy after hearing the news but did not give further comment when asked what to do with DepEd if teachers leaves the schools.

“Alam naman natin, gobyerno lagi lang si pera lagi. Tingnan mo ang ginagawa nila sa OFW, ginagawang cow milk sa ibang bansa tapos napupunta lang kay Napoles at sa mga alepores nito”, explained by another teacher who has no plan to apply.

Japan on the other hand said it will need 5,000 Filipino teachers in three years. /Louie Beltran/


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