City schools seeking 9,400 new teachers
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.