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January 10, 2003

Taiwan to Hire Thousands of English Teachers

The Taiwanese Ministry of Education plans to hire 1,000 native English teachers by this August. It is part of a long-term plan to have foreign teachers at all of the country's 3,300 public elementary and secondary schools, requiring a change to the law which prohibits the employment of foreigners in public schools. Prospective teachers must be under 45 and come from an English-speaking country with English as their mother tongue. They must have a college degree in a linguistics-related fields, be proficient in basic Mandarin Chinese and have no record of drug abuse. Previous teaching experience is recommended. Each teacher will be paid NT$60,000 to NT$90,000 (US$1,800 to US$2,700) a month, which is about double the wage of local English teachers. Prior to starting formal teaching in August, qualified teachers will have to undertake two weeks of training after arriving in Taiwan.

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