POEA reminds Pinoy teachers of new work permit rules in China
Filipinos eyeing to become foreign language teachers in China need to know the new guidelines in securing a work permit to find employment there.
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said in an advisory that the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) has issued the guidelines for new applicants.
“The new guidelines will apply only to those who are yet to obtain work permit in China.”
He said that Filipino teachers are now required to be a native speaker of the language they wish to teach. The applicant must be a Bachelor's degree holder or higher, and with two years of relevant experience as a native speaker.
“He/she is exempted from the two-year work experience if he/she has Bachelor’s Degree in Education (or higher), teacher certificates, or certificates in teaching English approved by SAFEA,” the administrator added.
Also, Cacdac said that foreign teachers already working in China are not covered by the new guidelines, but the renewal of their contracts depends on the employer.
Batanes now testing center
Meanwhile, the POEA announced that the Professional Regulation Commission and the Professional Regulatory Board for Professional Teachers approved the proposal to make Batanes a testing center for the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers in September.
“We are announcing the inclusion of Batanes as an additional testing center for the September 2016 BLEPT,” the PRC said.
The licensure exam for teachers will be held on September 25. — Joseph Tristan Roxas/LBG, GMA News