No unions there

Hong Kong is recruiting teachers from New Zealand. Any union flunkies popping off over there looking for a quick buck should be warned there are no uppity unions causing problems over there. In fact if you decided to vociferously oppose government education policy it is likely you’ll be on the next plane home if you are a foreigner or a nice trip to a holiday education camp near the Siberian border if a local.

I suspect though, that the ones applying for the job will be the best we have, while the union indoctrinated chaff will remain to brainwash our children.

Hong Kong is trying to lure Kiwi teachers with offers of up to $100,000 a year for teaching English.

The recruitment drive, to attract at least 40 secondary and primary teachers from New Zealand and Australia, comes as Education Ministry-contracted seminars are advising graduate teachers that only 20 per cent of them will get jobs.

Victoria University teaching students were shocked to be told last month it would be better to head offshore than give up teaching altogether.

Diane Jacoutot, whose recruitment company Teachanywhere has been contracted to run Hong Kong’s recruitment drive, said the city was the ideal place to cater for those teachers.

Aside from housing allowances, shipping and flights, medical insurance, and end-of-contract gratuity payments, the Education Bureau offered monthly salaries of between NZ$3500 and NZ$7200 for primary teachers, and between $3700 and $8500 for secondary.

The former British colony placed importance on children growing up in a bilingual environment, she said. So New Zealand’s bilingual culture and its “broader outlook of the world” were perfect for what the Hong Kong government was trying to achieve.

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