MOE Hiring "Foreign" Teachers - Is It Discrimination?
- Yes only if Taiwanese are not permitted to compete for those jobs
- No because Foreigners are better at teaching English
“The [Ministry of Education] (MOE) said after a recent forum that it hopes to hire between 400 and 600 foreign teachers for elementary schools… and proposed a remuneration scale for teachers of NT$60,000 to NT$90,000 per month.”
I think this is just another discriminatory practice engaged in by the MOE and the ROC government. One of the prerequisites for becoming a ‘Foreign’ English teacher is that the applicant’s ‘native’ language must be English. But the criteria that the applicant is a “foreigner” appears to be the determinative or deciding factor.
What I don’t understand is why MOE needs to hire foreign teachers to teach English, and pay them $60k to $90k, which is 2-3 times the average salary, when Taiwan is packed with Taiwanese who speak fluent, ‘native’ English (and good at teaching). (Note: The proposed salary is almost 2 times what MOE pays Taiwanses English teachers who speaks ‘native’ English working in an elementary school).
Speaking from my own personal experience, I have seen many Taiwanese who speak fluent English (because they immigrated overseas), who are better teachers, and who have a masters degree receive lower salary than their foreign counterparts because, according to the “bushiban” owner or employer, they don’t look “foreign” – AND “clients want to see foreigners”.
I have taught English in Taiwan, where the practice is to pay teachers carrying Canadian, British or U.S. passport a higher salary than other foreigners (don’t ask me why). I showed them my resume and us passport, and they hired me right after the interview… Then I found out I was getting $20k less than the foreigners from South Africa …
The faulty presumption that if you look “foreign”, then your English must be BETTER is being reinforced by the government on the minds our childern. I am incensed that Taiwanese citizens are being treated as second class citizens, while the Dumb People Party (DPP) government openly and blatantly engages in discriminatory hiring practices.
What are your thoughts?