Cram school operators are protesting against a new law mandating that all foreign teachers provide their criminal records before they can begin teaching.
In June, the Legislature passed an amendment to the Supplementary Education Act. The law now mandates all foreign teachers to present their criminal record when applying for a teaching position for the first time.
The amendment was passed after the suicide of a writer who claimed to have been left traumatized after an alleged rape by her cram school teacher years before. The teacher allegedly involved was Taiwanese.
During a press conference on Wednesday, school principals and teachers said that applying for criminal records could take months in some countries. They said that 73 teachers' applications have been halted due to the new law, causing a serious shortage of instructors. They said they hope the government will have teachers to sign an affidavit and allow them begin teaching while waiting for their criminal records to arrive.
The education ministry says it will explain how it plans to put this proposal into practice.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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