Schoolhouse sweatshops – Audra Ang

From the Standard:

As China opens up to the world, public and private English-language schools are proliferating. While most treat their foreign teachers decently, and monthly wages can run to US$1,000 (HK$7,800) plus board, lodging and even airfare home, complaints about bad experiences in fly-by-night operations are on the rise. The British Embassy in Beijing warns on its Web site about breaches of contracts, unpaid wages and broken promises. The United States Embassy says complaints have increased eightfold since 2004 to two a week on average.

Though foreign teachers in South Korea, Japan and other countries have run into similar problems, the number of allegations in China is much higher because "the rule of law is still not firmly in place," said a US Embassy official who spoke on condition of anonymity. [Full text]

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