The Korean Justice Ministry said yesterday that a total of 254 foreigners were apprehended between Aug. 20 and Sept. 18 on suspicion of teaching foreign languages in private or through educational institutions without necessary qualifications.
Some of them satisfied the eligibility rule but had recruited students in illegal ways, such as via the Internet without reporting to the authorities.
The total breaks down to 120 Chinese and 65 Americans by nationality.
When added to the number of foreigners from other English-speaking countries, the number of English tutors was the most, with 132.
The foreigners will be either fined or deported, the ministry said, adding that 11 South Koreans from the two agencies that helped foreigners find students will be sent to the prosecutors’ office.
Under South Korean law, any foreigners wishing to give language tutoring must fulfill the necessary conditions and give lessons at authorized institutions.
Source: Busan eFM News
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