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Look at who studies foreign languages in China: I would say, 90% are females. This means
the majorityof them will within the ten years after graduating become pregnant and then, mothers. While teaching is a fair way for them to make money and enjoy jobstability, it also means that the schools constantly have to hire replacements. What kind of man would want to stand in for a woman teacher taking her maternity leave?
From your above statement you seem to object to women working, especially as teachers. What about women in other professions, say, as a doctor, an engineer or an accountant? Is this your best argument to justified the employment of foreigners as English teachers in China? If it is, your argument is not only, unfounded, unfair, silly, baseless, bizarre, but also above all discriminating against the female gender. Motherhood is the right of every woman. Besides, China has a one child policy. As such, a female teacher can only go on maternity leave only once in her teaching career. Does that justify your favor of recruiting foreigners in place of local lady teachers? If you are arguing of interruption of lessons caused by female teachers going on maternity leave, let me enlighten you that there is no bigger damage done to the students' learning than a school taking in foreign back-packers as substitutes as English teachers who are anything but professional teachers. Besides, their motive is not to stay put in one place to teach. Thus, this policy of the Chinese government is doing more harm than good to the teaching of the English language in schools in China. A case in point is; I have once personally the opportunity to encounter an ex -student who told me that she had being taught by English teachers from England, America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand since primary to university. I was impressed.You would say her English should be good. How wrong you could be! As a principal of one of the many private language institutes in China once correctly put it, that: It is simply not true that anyone with blue eyes and white skin can teach English. Bullseye!