So, Koreans may have expressed preference for Korean teachers, and Seoul Office of Education seemed pretty intent on getting rid of their native speaking English teachers, but the Education Ministry apparently wants to put a native speaker in every school by next year:

The education ministry said Monday it will recruit 2,300 more native-speaking English teachers for the country’s primary and secondary schools next year so that each school will have at least one in line with the ministry’s emphasis of the new school curriculum on practical English usage.

To revamp public English education and reduce spending on private learning, the ministry has been hiring qualified native English instructors for elementary, middle and high schools to assist Korean teachers in classrooms since September 2009.

For those keeping score at home, only 73% of Korean elementary, middle and high schools have native speakers (84% of elementary schools, 61% of middle and high schools).