Agents sen­tenced to jail for re­cruit­ing il­le­gal teach­ers for kinder­gartens

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Deng Xiaoci and Xu Keyue Page Edi­tor: [email protected]­al­

Of­fi­cials urged tough reg­u­la­tion of for­eign teach­ers at Chi­nese schools af­ter three Chi­nese agents were each sen­tenced to 1-2 years’ im­pris­on­ment for help­ing re­cruit for­eign kin­der­garten teach­ers with­out teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions or work visas.

Bei­jing Num­ber 3 In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court Tues­day sen­tenced and fined the agents up to 10,000 yuan ($1,490) each for in­tro­duc­ing the for­eign­ers to Bei­jing kinder­gartens in the full knowl­edge they had no work visa or teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions, the Bei­jing Daily re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The agents or­ga­nized for­eign­ers with travel or study visas to work at the kinder­gartens and lied to some for­eign­ers that they could still work there with­out work visas. They also told the kinder­gartens to hide for­eign­ers with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions to shield them from po­lice ex­am­i­na­tion.

The three were charged with “or­ga­niz­ing peo­ple to se­cretly cross the na­tional bound­ary” as they fab­ri­cated an en­try rea­son for the for­eign­ers and se­verely dis­turbed the govern­ment’s border man­age­ment, said the report.

The case at­tracted wide so­cial me­dia at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially among par­ents en­thu­si­as­tic to have their chil­dren learn English.

Some schools and kinder­gartens even hired for­eign­ers from non-english speak­ing coun­tries.

For­eign­ers en­gaged in lan­guage teach­ing in China must ob­tain a work visa and have a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or higher, at least two years of teach­ing-re­lated ex­pe­ri­ence and no crim­i­nal record.

An Aus­tralian grad­u­ate who teaches English in a Bei­jing-based kin­der­garten told the Global Times that he was hired with a tourist visa but ob­tained the work visa af­ter about one month’s work at the kin­der­garten, a com­mon process at kinder­gartens.

“Th­ese days the re­cruit­ing re­quire­ment for for­eign teach­ers is be­com­ing stricter and reg­u­lated,” an em­ployee of a Bei­jing-based in­ter­me­di­ary agent help­ing kinder­gartens re­cruit for­eign teach­ers told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

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