dealing with the oversupply of teachers in Taiwan.
To discourage people from entering the profession.
Some people decide to teach at local schools because of connections, others have their own reasons. The fact remains, that there are too many local-system teachers in Taiwan, esp 1st-12th grades.
This is not related to teaching english, where it seems there are never enough teachers to meet supply.
it a known fact that newly graduated TEACHERS have trouble finding public schools to teach in. This is because of several factors:
In recent years, the government opened up regulations that allowed anyone with a bachelor’s degree to enter the teaching field, as long as they met a few easy to acheive requirements. Previously, only graduates of 2(?) institutions were allowed to teach. One of these institutions was SHI DA(the original teachers university/college).
With so many ‘more’ people opting to become teachers, the ‘real teachers’, those who went to SHI DA majoring in education found it very difficult to find places to teach. Hence the ‘wandering teacher(liu lang lau shi)-syndrome.’ Young, twenty-something’ teachers, having finished their apprenticeship traveling the country, north south east west, in search of teaching jobs, picking up substitute jobs along the way with no permanent teaching jobs in sight.
Too many older teachers hang on to their positions, because there is no money to pay for their retirement pension. Yes, many older teachers do in fact wish to retire, but many local government coffers are too strained to allow for this to occur. To allow the teachers to retire, the local government would have to begin to pay the old teachers pension, and pay additional money for the new replacement teachers salary. The way things are set up, very few local govts can afford to allow their teachers to retire early.
To land a job at a local primary school outside of Taipei, you need to pay a large hong bao to the reviewing committee that looks at your application and performs the interview. Basically, you buy your position at a local school. It is a well known fact that many very qualified applicants are turned away just to show that ‘the committee has seen many applications,’ in favor of either a candidate who has connections to the committee, or simply the highest bidder. Sometimes the bidding process is even handled by local gangsters, to ensure a fair bid process… …rarely is this money used to pay for the retirement package for older teachers…
So…to make teaching less appealing…new rules…longer work hours during the off-season…
its too bad they had to resort to this…