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June 03, 2004

'No Sex Please, You're Teachers'

Yesterday's Japan Times ran an article on the current state of "relations" between students and teachers at the major eikaiwa chain schools. The article looked in particular at industry leader Nova, which has received the most bad press for its treatment of foreign teachers. One case taken to the bar association in Osaka last year produced a recent ruling saying that a contract clause prohibiting teachers from socializing with students was a form of racial prejudice. The article quoted the plaintif in that case, Robert Bisom, as well as others including ELT News editor Mark McBennett. It also pointed out the dependence of many teachers on their employers, not only for their salary, but also their visa sponsorship and often their home. "Teachers are kept cowed and obedient because they don't know what to expect and are intimidated by the laws of a new country," says one ex-teacher from Tokyo.
No Sex Please, You're Teachers

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