So I have seen this brought up a few times in the past and I’ve been trying to search around on the forums for an update to this.
Is it legal for a foreigner to teach 5 year olds English? In a buxiban that is. I have heard that teaching in a kindergarten is illegal but my school is a registered buxiban with only one K class (they are 5). I saw on the forums a while ago (can’t find it now) that this is technically legal now but I’m just curious…
Also what would happen if caught. (deportation?) I have a work permit for the school and ARC. Again 99% of the classes are over 6 years old with this one exception.
Poor old yyy. How many times does the alien have to try to explain this?
Bottom line is the OP is almost certainly illegal if s/he’s teaching 5 year old children (at this point in time). If caught deportation would probably be the result depending upon which part of the educational establishment the OP got caught.
If the class is registered as a part of buxiban (no registered kindergarten exists) but the class is a de facto kinder, the school is violating the rules and OP is ok. If the class is actually a Buxiban class, no one is violating the rules. If there exists a separately registered kinder, OP would be deported if caught.
It’s illegal for anyone to teach a non-Chinese language (English, Japanese, French…) to children under the age of 6.
I’ve seen a couple articles recently with talk of changing these laws, but… it’s just talk so far.
@IulusGrun why don’t you confront your buxiban owner/manager/director and tell him or her your very valid concerns about teaching a kindy class and what it could mean to both the school and your future if you’re caught.
It seems dicey at best. Personally I’d refuse and if they threatened your job over it you could either call their bluff or go right to the labor board if they followed through. They’d be the ones in trouble, not you.
If those 5yo kids just come for the 45min class to the buxiban, I mean they don’t stay at the school for full day and no nap time, lunch time, teeth brushing time etc., it sounds indeed a buxiban class for young kids, and iirc, it is legal.