YTN reports that the Korea Foreign Teacher Recruiting Association has released a blacklist of 19 foreign teachers. Most of the teachers made the list for allegedly running away in the middle of their contracts, although a couple are on there for alleged theft, improprieties with female students and other infractions.
The list was compiled by the association, which is composed of recruiting agencies that introduce foreign teachers to schools. It says the list was based on claims made by hagwon and elementary school officials between February and today.
The association also explained that English teachers share information about schools prior to coming to Korea, but Korean schools lacked information on potentially problematic teachers. Accordingly, the homepage was born.
In the Seoul Sinmun, an employee with a foreign teacher employment service complained that foreign teachers are always sharing information with one another, so they can quit and find employment elsewhere. He noted that teachers, and white teachers in particular, are in a great position.
The association also stressed that the government needed to take steps to manage foreign teachers.
Marmot’s Note: One wonders how long this is going to last before it runs into legal problems. I mean, I know teachers run their own blacklists of hagwons, so what’s fair is fair, but my understanding is that in Korea, printing names like that could be problematic even if the accusations are true. The other thing is that the list is being composed by hagwon recruiters based on claims made by hagwon owners, two groups not known for their business ethics.
* Image shamelessly ripped off from the Seoul Sinmun. Too classic to pass up.
UPDATE: English piece from the Korea Times. At the end:
However, experts warned that revealing private information could cause legal problems. “Regardless of their faults, the listed teachers are entitled to sue those who revealed their private information for libel,” said Kim Young-hong, an expert in human rights on information.
Having run Google searches on all the names (a search of one dude accused of forging documents revealed a rather interesting interview), it appears one particularly badly reviewed teacher might currently be teaching at a Korean university, so he might want to find a lawyer and discuss his options.
UPDATE 2: In our comments section, a real live lawyer says:
The blacklist is quite unlawful. Not only is it a criminal defamation violation under the Criminal Code, but the Labor Standards Act forbids employers to share blacklists. These teachers ought to complain to the prosecution.
There you have it.