Korean students tortured with detergent by expat teacher

Published:  23 Mar at 6 PM
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An English Teacher from South Africa was fired from her job at an elementary school in South Korea after it was discovered that she had punished the children for speaking Korean during class by forcing them to drink detergent.

According to Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education officials, the teacher was made to leave her job after parents of her six-grade students informed the school that on the 12th March, she forced five students to drink either anti nail-biting liquid or dishwashing liquid as a punishment. According to the teacher, the children were only made to drink a small amount and that she, in no way, coerced the students to do so. The report details how three children drank dishwashing liquid and the other two chose the anti nail-biting liquid.

Vice Principle of Seoul’s Hanyang Elementary School, Lee Byung-in, said that after he had heard the complaints from the parents, that the teacher was dismissed immediately and that they had already hired a replacement.

Some 25,000 expatriates work in South Korea as English teachers, a job which includes a high salary and generous employment packages due to the country’s push to increase English language familiarity amongst the local population. The high demand for staff has raised concerns about hiring standards; many teachers who are employed are not officially qualified.
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