Besides for the free flight to Korea, the convenience of not paying for housing attracts many native teachers to the country. But in Gangnam, one of the poshest areas in Seoul, native teachers are being given a 900,000 won (or $770) stipend for housing they say doesn’t cover rent in the area.
The Korea Times reported that the Ministry of Education isn’t hearing it. The Times also quoted Hwang Ji-hye a ministry official in charge of managing native English teachers as saying, “Schools don’t have to necessarily offer housing to their foreign employees and many employers just provide their workers with a housing subsidy.” True, but most employers provide a stipend that will cover rent in that city.
The Times goes on to tell how Korea provides the best housing deals for native teachers a hard point to debate. But the Times never discusses how much rent is in the Gangnam area. Are the native teachers actually justified in their complaint?
But this also brings up the question with everything the Korean government does provide native teachers: a free flight, excellent pay and money for rent. Should native teachers be complaining? At the end of the day how many native teachers actually deserve all of that?
But Brian in Jeollanam-do brings up a good point, why change this mid-contract? This is poor form on the Ministry of Education’s part. Let’s hope they rethink breaking their end of the deal.