[News Briefing] Over half of native English teachers quit job after six months, Education Ministry says

Posted on : 2010-09-30 12:16 KST Modified on : 2010-09-30 12:16 KST

The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST) has claimed that around two thirds of native-speaking English teachers in South Korea quit after six months on the job because of employment or studies, through a report on Sept. 29.
The report submitted by the MEST to the ruling Grand National Party lawmakers showed that as of July 2010, 66.1 percent of native English teachers ended their contract in six months, without completing their one-year contract period. The number of teachers leaving their job halfway through a contract has increased rapidly from 46 percent in 2008 and 57.6 percent in 2009. The average rate over last three years is 56.4 percent, which means one of two native teachers left school before the contract’s expiration.
CIA director to visit S. Korea

The chief of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is set to make an unannounced visit to South Korea this weekend to exchange information about the potential father-to-son power transfer in North Korea, a government source said Thursday.
CIA Director Leon Panetta is scheduled to arrive in Seoul sometime on Saturday and meet with President Lee Myung-bak and other key security officials in South Korea, including National Intelligence Service Director Won Sei-hoon and Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, according to the source.
(Yonhap News Agency)
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Correction: October 13, 2010
The Hankyoreh English Online Edition published a News Briefing entitled “Over half of native English teachers quit job after six months, Education Ministry says” on Sept. 30.
Due to both a misinterpretation of the both data and source of the report, the article erroneously stated that up to 66 percent of native English teachers in public schools, while the number of teachers quitting is in fact less than 5 percent.
The report on native English teachers at public schools was confirmed to be an analysis by Grand National Party(GNP) Lawmaker Kim Se-yeon and Park Yeong-a on the basis of central and a number of local education administrations, not a press release of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST).
We would like to issue an apology for our mistake and our late correction, and look forward to more active responses, comments and participation of readers of the Hankyoreh’s English Online Edition.

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