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New drug test plan angers native English teachers

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From the Korea Times.

I know that some of the big chain schools already test for drugs but it will be in full effect starting from this Thursday.  Don’t really get how this has anything to do with marijuana though:

Facing a number of crimes by native English teachers, the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) has required foreigners hoping to teach English here to submit to HIV-AIDS and drug-tests from 2008.

So people who smoke dope and have AIDS are more likely to commit crimes?  Or maybe they think that pedophile from Daegu was a dopehead too.

This isn’t something new though.  After the Christopher Neil incident in 2007, they made everyone get the criminal background check and drug test but:

At that time, KIS planned to include both TBPE and cannabinoids, but it gave up the latter because of a lack of hospitals equipped with the test devices, and smoking marijuana is not illegal in some countries.

So here we go again.  Normally, I would say if you got nothing to hide, then you shouldn’t worry about anything.  But I strongly believe that discrimination plays a role and foreign language instructors do have a right to be peeved:

Greg Dolezal, president of the Association for Teachers of English in Korea (ATEK), said, “We also believe strongly that any legislation aimed at protecting children from abuse should be applied equally to all teachers, and should not discriminate based on nationality, race, or any other demographic.

Of course the Korean government will come back and say something like ‘marijuana is not available in Korea so testing of Korean nationals is not necessary’ or some kind of BS like that.  At least they’re not just singling out E-2 holders though:

The bill seeks to obligate all native English teachers, whether they are ethnic Koreans or not, to present criminal and drug test results that were issued less than one month prior to them landing a teaching position.

As expected and noted from my post from yesterday, there will be tougher restrictions:

In addition, the agency will require English-teacher hopefuls to prove the authenticity of their college degrees, as well as criminal background documents from their governments.

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July 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm

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