The Ministry of Education refuses to change the discriminatory qualification required of foreign teachers

SEOUL, March 15 (Yonhap) — The Education Ministry has not accepted a recommendation from the National Human Rights Commission to address potentially discriminatory regulations requiring higher qualifications for foreign teachers in private educational institutions, officials said on Tuesday.

Human rights watchdog recommends ministry amends Private Education Institutions Law Enforcement Ordinance as it requires, at minimum, a four-year university degree for foreigners wishing to teach in cram schools, while two-year degrees are required for South Koreans. .

But the ministry did not accept the recommendation, arguing that the order aims to ensure quality educational services and protect students by preventing the negative effects of underqualified teaching.

In order to accept the double standard of hiring, the ministry must prove the existence of a gap in the quality of education between foreign and domestic universities, but has not done so, said the organization of surveillance.

The commission also said that factors such as instructors’ Korean language ability and specialization are more important in determining the quality of education provided to students.