As we just reported in our August newsletter, our source at China’s Security Bureau advised us that the first thing the bureau did after getting their budget increase was to retain the services of this company to verify the university degrees of every single foreign teacher working in China now and inbound for the fall semester. http://www.infocheckusa.com/degree-verification.htm.
As you can see anyone with $15 can use the same service although we assume they are getting a much better price since they must process 30,000 teachers! It will probably take them a 4-8 weeks to process all these inquiries and most university registrars are on summer holiday break. So we don’t expect the arrests to resume until September.
Since SAFEA let it leak that over 10,000 foreign teachers in China are probably wannabe frauds, the forthcoming arrests and deportation will create a HUGE demand for real teachers and of course the competition among schools to hire real teachers with real degrees on short notice means every real teacher can demand at least a 5,000 rmb monthly pay increase. Native speaking American, Canadian, and British teachers can demand even more – and get it.
So while the clock ticks away, we hope the impostor teachers will either get legal or return home to avoid arrest, jail, and deportation with a criminal record.
Of course, China can afford to pay teachers the same as Korea and Japan – they are the fastest and 2nd biggest economy in the world with the second highest GDP and per capita spending on Education.
I have no doubt that wealthy Chinese can afford to pay qualified foreign English teachers, but China also has much higher inequality than Japan/S Korea. Higher standards across the board will mean fewer qualified teachers, higher prices, which ultimately means some Chinese families will have less access to EFL :/
That being said, as a qualified teacher with a clean record, i’ll take the raise.
Before applying for teaching jobs in China be sure to review http://chinascamwatch.org and the r/ChinaTEFL sub at Reddit so you don’t get screwed.
2 September, 2017 at 7:18
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You guys were right! I was just offered to teach at a supllmental training center in Wudaokou and after I refused their 15,000 yuan offer and got up to leave they asked me how much I wanted. As a native English-speaker from America I said I needed to get at least 20,000 and they agreed on the spot and even offered me a 10,000 yuan bonus if I stay the entire year and complete my contract. Thanks for this tip and encouragement. Before I read this post I probably would have just taken the 15,000.