Grads line up to be teachers
Shanghai Daily news
Thousands of recent university graduates applied for jobs at a recruitment
fair for teachers over the weekend, but schools in the city's suburbs proved far
less popular than downtown schools.
The 2006 Winter Yangtze Delta Teacher
Recruitment Fair attracted nearly 20,000 people to compete for more than 3,000
teaching vacancies at about 400 schools in the city, as well as neighboring
Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.
It was the largest teacher recruitment fair
that the city has ever held, according to the Shanghai Educational Talent
Exchange Center, which organized the event. Kindergartens located in downtown
Shanghai received hundreds of resumes at the fair, mainly from people looking to
work as English teachers. Many of the applicants didn't major in education at
"The city's education reform raised the criteria for kindergarten
teachers, requiring them to have not only a solid university background but good
English abilities as well," said Fan Wenyi, the center's vice director.
new requirements make teaching a great job for graduates of top universities,
A Fudan university graduate surnamed Zhang said that
kindergarten positions with fairly good payment are considered to be ideal jobs
for young people who love children.
"I don't think it's a big problem for me
to acquire a teaching qualification license," Zhang said.
schools in the city's suburban areas were left out in the cold at the one-day
For instance, Xize Middle School in suburban Qingpu District received
only seven resumes at the fair, while its downtown counterparts all received
hundreds of resumes.
"The biggest reason is that most young teachers prefer
mature brand image of downtown schools even if we provide the same payment as
those big names," said Lu Jianghua, vice headmaster at suburban Jiading
District's Huangdu Primary School.
To encourage more people to teach in the
suburbs, the Shanghai Education Commission announced last week that university
graduates who sign a five-year working contract with a suburban school, will be
granted an allowance of 10,000 yuan (US$1,235) starting next year.