NoCut News continues its fair and unbiased reports on foreign English teachers (such as here, here, and here) but instead of connecting separate cases and declaring there to be a "growing social problem," this article, from October 11, declares that because of endlessly occurring "deviant and criminal behavior" by foreign teachers, a system requiring verification of a teachers' moral standards is needed:
There needs to be a hearing on Native speaking instructors
English village instructor spread video of sex with Korean woman, [need to] prepare pre-employment verification system urgent
As the demand to study English increases, the number of native speaking instructors working in Korea greatly increases every year. However, problems with their qualifications are also never ending.
In particular, an English Village instructor in Daejeon recently filmed and spread a video of sex with a Korean woman, bringing the need for a comprehensive inspection in the hiring process of native speaking teachers to the fore.
According to an English Village in Daejeon on the 10th, a foreign instructor who worked there, A (26, American), shot a video of himself having sex with a Korean woman and uploaded it onto a foreign adult site.
The teacher had worked at the English Village since May of last year, and taught kindergarten and elementary students five hours a day, four days a week.
It has been exposed that after posting his profile on a friend finding site, A looked for women, and filmed the women he met.
The video was removed from the site A uploaded it to, but the video and screen captures of it are being spread on various online communities.
Regarding this, an English Village official explained that, “In order to get an E-2 visa, which is needed to employ native speaking teachers, there had to be no crimes [on his criminal record check], and during his employment there were no particular problems,” and “We confirmed the truth, and he is currently no longer employed.”
However through the stir caused by this video [it can be seen] that, for the company contracted to operate the English Village and the local governments that manage them, it’s difficult to avoid problems with poor management of instructors.
An English village official said, "If discussions are necessary, then [we will] apologize to parents and students," and “to prevent a recurrence, measures such as strengthening ethical standards during the recruitment process and carrying out ongoing training will be prepared for native speaking instructors."
Such deviant and criminal behavior by native speaking teachers has been occurring endlessly, and is persuasive [evidence] that there is a need to prepare a comprehensive verification system.
According to a recent National Police Agency report on the state of foreign English instructor crime, from 2007 to August 2009, 274 instructors were arrested for strong, crimes such as theft, drugs, assault, and sexual assault.
Currently, because native speaking instructor recruitment only fully works on paper, many point out that it is urgent that a methodical verification system be devised.
The problem teacher in question was also recruited from the U.S. but it is said that when the visa was issued, his qualifications were evaluated on the basis of such things as a university diploma, a health check, and a criminal record check. Also, following their own regulations, recruitment agencies conduct interviews in Korea and locally but have made the instructor’s academic ability the standard rather than the instructor’s sense of ethics.
Because of this, last year Representative Choi Young-hee (Democratic Party), proposed an amendment to strengthen the Early Childhood Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the Hagwon Act by making Korean criminal record checks and drug tests mandatory when recruiting foreign teachers, however due to things such as human rights issues, it is drifting around the National Assembly.
Rep. Choi said, “Recently, demand for foreign teachers has been rapidly increasing due to things like English immersion policy, but verification and administrative measures to deal with them are non-existent,” and, “Amending these laws as soon as possible should provide a more secure learning environment for children and teens.”
The above article is quite similar to this one by the Asia Gyeongje published a few hours earlier, though that paper scores a few more nationalist points for referring to the girl(s) in the videos as "우리나라 여성," and to the students of the teacher as "우리나라 아이들." NoCut News' article ends on a note very similar to this one (as in, 'Ctrl C, Ctrl V'), calling for Choi Young-hee's bills to be passed, even though they differ very little from the new regulations immigration recently put into place.
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