Teacher au­tho­riza­tion widens on main­land

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZOU SHUO in Bei­jing and LI BINGCUN in Hong Kong Con­tact the writ­ers at [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Peo­ple from Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan who live on the Chi­nese main­land can ap­ply for teach­ing cre­den­tials for pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, giv­ing them eas­ier ac­cess to jobs.

They can ap­ply to take the teach­ing cre­den­tials test and work at kinder­gartens, pri­mary schools, mid­dle schools, high schools and sec­ondary vo­ca­tional schools, ac­cord­ing to a guide­line is­sued on Thursday by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the State Coun­cil’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice and Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice.

Ap­pli­cants should have the aca­demic re­quire­ments stip­u­lated by the teacher’s law and score at least Level 2-Grade B in the na­tional Man­darin pro­fi­ciency test, it said.

Cheng Man-chu, a Hong Kong stu­dent who is study­ing in Guangzhou, said the pol­icy has opened the door for Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan stu­dents study­ing on the main­land who want to stay on as teach­ers. She be­lieves it may also help at­tract more talent.

An ed­u­ca­tion startup founder, Cheng be­lieved the pol­icy would fur­ther strengthen ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Xiong Bingqi, vi­cepres­i­dent of the 21st Cen­tury Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search In­sti­tute, “The ad­di­tion of teach­ers from these re­gions will also help to boost the ca­pa­bil­ity of main­land teach­ers, as they can learn from each other.”

How­ever, Liu Yuli, a Tai­wan res­i­dent who has taught Chi­nese at a pri­vate in­ter­na­tional mid­dle school in Foshan, Guang­dong prov­ince, said, “The new guide­line won’t af­fect me much since in­ter­na­tional schools do not re­quire main­land teach­ing cre­den­tials.”

Res­i­dents of Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan who have lived on the Chi­nese main­land for longer than six months have been able to ap­ply for a main­land res­i­dence per­mit since Sept 1. With a res­i­dence per­mit, they will en­joy more rights, ba­sic pub­lic ser­vices and other con­ve­niences re­lat­ing to their study, work, busi­ness op­er­a­tions and life on the main­land, Shi Jun, vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity, said at a news con­fer­ence in Au­gust.

Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan res­i­dents with main­land res­i­dence per­mits will be al­lowed to reg­is­ter their ve­hi­cles, ap­ply for driver’s li­censes and take pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion ex­ams, he said.

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