Song also stressed that Korean teachers should replace native English-speaking teachers as soon as possible. "Currently, only 20.5 percent of native English speaking teachers (at schools) have teaching licenses (according to data from the Education Ministry, November 2008), so it is urgent for us to foster teachers who have excellent English proficiency," Song said.According to Benjamin Wagner, who contacted President Song's office this morning by phone and sent him questions by email:
"The native speakers are not qualified and are often involved in sexual harassment and drugs."
President Song was good enough to make a personal call in reply to the email.So the source of this quote defaming foreign English teachers in Korea would appear to be Kang Shin-who, so that is who complaints should be directed to - or the person who should be complained about. As Scott Burgeson noted in a comment, the Korea Times can be reached by phone here:
He was misquoted by the KT. President Song explained that while problems with foreign teachers as covered in the press were mentioned in passing, he did not say "The native speakers are not qualified and are often involved in sexual harassment and drugs."
President Song said the focus of the discussion was the need for more qualified teachers because his school is responsible for training them.
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