The death of a native speaking instructorMost of this article references these two articles about the teacher who jumped to his death, including the incorrect assertion that the visa regulations changed in 2008 (it was December 2007). Also, the sentence "Before this it was known that B was a severe alcoholic" most certainly refers to the Busan Ilbo articles, which I had to question as to whether the reporter actually interviewed people who knew him or not. Not mentioned in the written transcript above was the interview with Kim Jeong-suk, policy department head for the Busan branch of the National Association of Parents for True Education, who also appeared in the first Busan Ilbo article.
On Sunday two Native speaking instructors died one after the other.
It seems they died from excessive drinking, and it's been pointed out that there is a problem with the hiring of native speaking instructors.
Jang Hyun-ju reports.
This is the Busan Donghae Nambu railway line.
At about 5:50 am 40 year old Canadian English instructor A was hit by a Saemaeul train and killed.
A was set to
begin teachingteach classes at a university in Daegu when the new semester begins next month.
School official: "He was hired on September 1, 2009. Right now the classes are being put in place and by March 1 the class schedule will be completely organized."
Police said A usually drank a lot and that the accident occurred after laying down on the tracks while drunk.
On the 19th 32 year old native speaking instructor B died after jumping from a hallway on the 14th floor of an apartment building in Millak-dong in Busan.
Police reported that B killed himself while drinking.
Before this it was known that B was a severe alcoholic and caused a scene while drunk at Gimhae Airport.
It's been pointed out that loopholes in the foreign instructor recruiting process have been exposed through the deaths of native speaking teachers like these.
In 2008 mandatory criminal record checks were implemented for the recruitment of foreign instructors.
However, it's not possible to identify mental illness or drug addiction, and problems caused by native speaking teachers are still occurring.
After the Quincy Black incident there were calls to determine the 'ethical standards' of potential foreign teachers - perhaps these can be added to the inevitable mental health and drug and alcohol addiction screening. Something worth investigating is what kind of screening Korean teachers go through. There would be nothing wrong with applying similar standards to foreign teachers, though you have to wonder what the point would be if it's just a questionnaire where you check a yes or no box, which is what's in place now for public schools.