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Drop Out Rates

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Thanks to Whilsen for the following post.  I saw this issue in a couple of papers but didn’t have time to post on the issue.

Don’t know if you’d read this article yet. You made a post a while ago about NSET drop out rates. If the figures are right on this, it’s much higher than your estimates. Personally I’m not too surprised, depending on the school hagwons are generally easier to work for than ps where you deal with co-worker issues.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2010/09/29/0200000000AEN20100929009600315.HTML

It’s definitely higher than my previous estimates but keep in mind that my estimates are for the schools that I work with.  We have a very stringent recruiting process to avoid bringing over people that are likely not to finish their contract either by their own will or by being terminated.  Also, we do our best to work with schools that place their instructors in the best situation possible workwise.

That said, our candidates are humans and our clients are also humans.  Someone is bound to screw up in one way or another at some point.

It’s also implied from the articles that the stats are from public schools only:

More than a third of the native-speaking English teachers in South Korea quit after six months or so on the job, challenging the effectiveness of language immersion programs installed nationwide, a report said Wednesday.

That’s what I think at least.  If they included hagwons, I’m pretty sure the rate would be much, much higher.

This comment is just plain ignorant:

“Many Koreans have to get through very hard training if they want to be a teacher. It is a kind of privilege for native English speakers to be invited here as teachers. So I earnestly ask them to be more responsible in their jobs,” said Oh Seok-hwan, a director at the ministry.

Really?  So the environment that a foreigner is placed in is moot?  It’s true that an empl0yee must be responsible and try to finish what he/she started but it’s unreasonable to place all the blame on the instructor when there are so many other variables such as the workplace, students, co-workers and other factors that one cannot control such as sickness, death in the family, better job (hey you can’t blame them for finding something better).

Ignorance once again:

Another problem raised by the lawmaker was that the majority of native English teachers lack teaching certificates. Less than 30 percent of them have teaching licenses from their home countries in some regions including Ulsan and North Gyeongsang Province.

What the hell does a teaching license have anything to do with not completing a contract?  I’ve seen plenty of instructors with licenses that have quit well before a year.

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