A lawmaker proposed bills to strengthen the screening of foreign English teachers in Korea, Tuesday.
Rep. Choi Young-hee of the main opposition Democratic Party submitted the bills obliging foreign English teachers to present criminal record and health check documents, including HIV-AIDS tests, before they are hired at public or private schools.
Under immigration regulations, applicants for an E-2 English teaching visa have been required to submit those documents since December 2007.
``E-2 visa holders, once caught for taking drugs or sexually harassing children, were often found to be rehired at another school or hagwon,'' said Yeo Jun-sung, an aide for Rep. Choi. ``The proposed bills are to remove these loopholes from the current immigration law.''
Care to provide any evidence for that claim? Because if you refer to the statistics found in the NHRCK Report, you'll see that, well, there is none. You will see, though, that there were 13 foreign teachers from the "Big 7" countries arrested for drug offenses in 2008, and 34 arrested for "sex crimes," two numbers certainly not large enough to allow the word "often." Shithead. But I do wonder who has his ear, considering we heard similar talk last May from the Korea Association of Foreign Language Academies:
The association said the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) does not retain data on foreign nationals who have had work experience here. ``No hagwon owners want to work with unqualified foreigners. Most hagwon employers terminate contracts of unacceptable foreigners, those guilty of sexual harassment or taking drugs,'' general director Choi Chang-jin said.
``However, many of these `blacklisted' foreigners return and teach English at other hagwon. I have seen a foreigner, who was expelled on drug charges, return here within three days. This is because the government does not keep records on these foreigners,'' Choi said.