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Authority responds to doubts over higher fee for expatriate teacher
    2018-10-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

PARENTS at a school in Longhua District raised doubts over the school’s increased fee to pay for an expatriate teacher from Canada last month. The Longhua District Education Bureau and the school responded to the parents’ concern recently, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The parents began questioning the school’s decision to raise the expatriate teacher’s salary in mid-September.

According to a screenshot of the conversation in a WeChat group comprised of parents of a Grade-8 class at Dandi Experimental School, the parents were asked to pay 1,000 yuan (US$144.41) more this school year to share the cost of the expatriate teacher’s raise, an extra class every week and the depreciation of the RMB.

With the increased amount, the expatriate teacher, who teaches one class in each grade from Grade 7 to 9, will be paid 110,000 Canadian dollars (US$84,260) this year.

The program that these three particular classes of students are participating in is a special joint program agreed to by Longhua’s education bureau and the education authority in Richmond City, Canada, in 2013.

All of the students in these classes joined the program voluntarily, but have to pay extra fees each year for the expatriate teachers’ English-taught classes, according to Zhang Wenhua, who is in charge of the program from the district education bureau.

Since the Grade-8 students are going to have an extra class this year from the expatriate teacher, and considering the depreciation of the RMB, the teacher’s salary will increase by 10,000 Canadian dollars to cover increases in his or her living expenses. Accordingly, each student in this class will need to shoulder an extra 1,000-yuan fee this year based on the total number of students.

However, some parents of the Grade-8 class questioned the school’s decision. Zhang made an official response to the parents’ concerns this week.

Zhang replied that the joint program had been agreed to by parents based on their own willingness and it is the parents’ committee that has been collecting fees. Neither Longhua’s education bureau nor the school has gotten involved in fee collection over the past few years, and the school did not ask for a mandatory fee from the parents, said Zhang.

Some parents also questioned whether six hours of the English-taught program might be too much for the students and even affect the students’ academic performance in other subjects. Regarding this concern, Zhang replied that he would observe one class at the school this week and an adjustment would be made if necessary.

The school later said that it had summoned parents for meetings to explain the situation. Experts from the education bureau observed the expatriate teacher’s class Wednesday and were satisfied with the teaching, said the school.

(Zhang Qian)

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