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Half of Native English Instructors Quit After a Year

January 1, 2009

Only about half of native English speakers working at Seoul schools have renewed their contracts for 2009. 

According to Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, Tuesday, 144 of 273 foreign English teachers who were eligible for a renewal of their contract have signed to stay on another year.

“Some foreign teachers did not want to renew due to the devaluing of the won, while others cited worsening relations between South and North Korea,” said Choi Chun-ok, a supervisor at the education office.

To secure more experienced teachers, the office plans to introduce incentive programs to keep foreigners at the same schools for longer terms.  “Foreign teachers with more experience will receive higher salaries and better working conditions,” Choi said.  Click here to Read Full Story

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