City schools seek­ing 9,400 new teach­ers

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

Shang­hai opened 61 new schools this au­tumn. A to­tal of 9,400 new teach­ers will also be needed by these schools for the next se­mes­ter, in or­der to meet de­mand, Xin­min Evening News re­ported Mon­day.

The Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion launched a “seed pro­gram” to reserve and de­velop teach­ers to work at lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions. The “seed pro­gram” tar­gets grad­u­ates from rep­utable uni­ver­si­ties; many pres­ti­gious lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties, such as Fu­dan, have joined in the pro­gram.

Jiang Ming, an of­fi­cial at Shang­hai Ed­u­ca­tional Hu­man Re­source Ex­change and Ser­vice Cen­ter, said that although Shang­hai has a huge de­mand for teach­ing pro­fes­sion­als, the thresh­old for be­com­ing a teacher in the city is get­ting much higher.

Many schools in Shang­hai are short of teach­ers for bi­ol­ogy, geog­ra­phy, math and English. In re­cent years, some schools have opened branches in the suburbs. To lure teach­ers, branch schools of­fer hous­ing al­lowances and home pur­chase sub­si­dies.

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