At peak employment in 2010, 2,256 native English instructors were once employed throughout Gyeonggi-do’s public school system, however, due to budget revisions, their number has now dwindled to 1,207 teachers, as of this year. Further cutbacks are being planning, which has opened debate among parents who are for and against the changes.
The Gyeonggi Ministry of Education recently announced that they are instead seeking to focus hiring of native English teachers for schools in small towns and villages, and for city schools that specialize in foreign language education.
The Ministry feels that the level of Korean teachers’ English teaching competency has been improving through various kinds of training, thereby justifying the change in foreign teacher hiring policies.
In addition, they are considering ways to effectively monitor and manage the results of the existing foreign teacher workforce.