According to the Korea Times, a sudden and unexpected budget cut by the Gyeonggi Provincial Council, will leave 819 foreign teachers without a job soon.
While rumors of public school jobs being cut in the near future are nothing new, this is a major step in the way of eliminating foreign teachers, while having Korean teachers take over the reigns of English classes.
A 15.6 billion won budget was set to extend foreign teachers contracts, but that was excluded by the Gyeonggi Provincial Council.
The article goes on to mention that not only are the teachers upset, but also the GPOE officials and parents.
“The situation is ridiculous. It’s not even a half reduction or one-third reduction, but a total reduction. We feel very uncomfortable with the decision right now,” said an official from the office. “The budget should not have been taken away. If we don’t receive this, we’re not even getting what we should be getting. This has never happened before.”
While nothing definitive has happened yet in Busan, for those teaching in public schools, you may want to be prepared.