Thursday, September 03, 2009
KBS news targets a new loophole in English teacher visa regulations
On August 25, a KBS news report titled "Unqualified Foreign Teacher Teaching Openly" looked at a problematic foreign English teacher in Busan who, despite a violent past, is able to work in Korea due to a loophole in the system.
'J', a Canadian working at an English hagwon near Haeundae, is said by the hagwon owner to be hot tempered and that children complained about being hit by him when being scolded.
It was found that at a high school in Busan that he taught at 4 years ago, there were problems such as theft and that he sent a 'lewd email' to students.
Worst of all, it was found that in Canada in 2003 he had been barred from the local teacher's association for uttering death threats, inappropriate relations with students, and 'police violence' (경찰 폭행 - I take this to mean perhaps he has a criminal record for violence? Or he was violent towards police?).
Seeing as all E-2 visa holders need to submit criminal record checks, how was this unqualified teacher able to teach in Korea? The answer: he's married to a Korean national and has an F-2 visa, so he doesn't need to submit a criminal record check.
The news clip ends thusly:
"Because of this loophole in the system, unqualified foreign teachers are able to teach and children are being harmed."
Whether this article marks the beginning of a media campaign against F-2 visa holders, or if it's just an isolated case, time will tell. Judging by the title of Anti-English Spectrum's post on this report ("Wah! The Worst Low Quality Teacher on KBS"), they're not responsible for the report nor do the comments suggest it's something they're interested in pursuing.