Women in Korea #5 - Legal Status of Teachers

Women in Korea#5
May 30, 2010

Topic: Legal Recognition of Teacher Status for Non-Koreans
Participants: Anneth Bun-As, Jiang Fen, Valerie Schmitt

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i agree that korean education should be changed.  non-citizens have the right to suggest but no right to vote.  yes, valerie is right, any country cannot allow that or else they will be inviting invaders to their own privacy.  another is legality of being a teacher doesn't matter in korea. what matter is you have a 4-year college degree or tesol certificate and can speak english. i think the term teacher varies from country to country. if korean say 'sonsaengnim' to licensed teachers and 'kangsanim' for no licenses, the latter should not be deprived the privilege to be called sonsaengnim in the classroom. 

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Valerie has the point that visitors here in Korea doesn't have anything to do with Education changes. The point is that Anneth didn't specify her status here in Korea as a naturalized korean with her kids that would be affected by the present education system. In case, of legality of being called a soensengnim or kangsanim Again, Anneth did not specifyed her status as a Korean with Education degree from the Philippines. In terms of legality to teach in public school she should get certification here in Korea to be a public teacher. The label of  being callled soensengnim or kangsanim is not a big deal as far as I'm concern.


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Are those naturalized korean or F2 holder visas with Filipino origin have a degree in education or other university degree eligible to teach in public schools (by the law)? Further more, what is the rate for Filipino origin  English gangsanim, and what is for those coming from the west? Is there difference? If base on what? It would be nice to if there is someone out there from the department of education or someone with legal basis who would publicly and straightforwardly give clarification on the matter.

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I just found this article in JoongAng Daily http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2921149

So obviously this is not a problem only for foreign English teachers but also for their own teachers...

Koreans treat teachers differently according to their employment status but not their qualification or achievement.

But they also mentioned the pepition to President LMB, hopefully those teachers lives wouldn't be given away in vain. 

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i would like to suggest to the moderator to edit the part where the name of a certain political candidate was mentioned.  when quoting a person it becomes a fact and not an opinion so i thought it was a very sensitive issue for her.  in fairness to that candidate we dont really have hard evidence to pin her down for agreeing to the statement that ''unless you are a graduate of education in a korean university you cannot be called a teacher"  she might agree maybe because that really the education policy.  but i can attest that she also mentioned, anyway there are levels of teachers e.g kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school.  i also learned that korea has quite different election policies.  we are not in a position to campaign or endorse a certain candidate unless we are properly registered as direct campaign assistants.  anybody is not allowed to carry campaign materials for distribution and propaganda for a certain candidate.  there are designated people to do that.  maybe we can discuss about a candidates policy in private but not in public. we can campaign to exercise our right to vote  but not mentioning any specific candidate.