Teachers' job fair attracts new talent

Local schools are working hard to attract new teachers.

Local schools were providing incentives, especially housing, to attract job seekers from the Yangtze River Delta and all over the country at a regional teacher recruitment fair on Sunday, with ideology and politics teachers  in high demand.

The second Yangtze River Delta teachers' job fair at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center brought together recruiters from 500 educational establishments from the delta region with plenty of sweetners on offer.

Changning District allows the teachers to apply for special apartments or  rent allowances. Those who meet certain standards can get golden handshakes of up to 50,000 yuan (US$7,150).

"We don't have restrictions on residence when recruiting teachers and welcome job seekers from other provinces," said Dai Xi, director of Changning's education talent service center. 

Zhang, a recruiter with Xuhui District Education Talent Service Center, told Shanghai Daily that the district offers three options for the teachers, especially those from other provinces, to solve their housing problem.

"We have well-fitted apartments for new teachers, where they can live for three years," said Zhang. "There are also apartments where they can live for six years. If they want to rent an apartment on their own, we offer allowances of up to 1,500 yuan per person each month."

With the Ministry of Education issuing directions on primary and middle school ideology and politics teachers last month, there is a growing need for such teachers.

Hongkou District Education Talent Service Center had a booth just for such teachers and invited Chen Mingqing of the No.1 Middle School affiliated to East China Normal University to be the interviewer.

"In the past, ideology and politics teachers work part-time and sometimes the courses were taught by Chinese or history teachers. But now we require these teachers to be work full-time so a gap has emerged," said Zhong Jing with the center. "This year we are looking for double the number of ideology and politics teachers than before."

Education bureaus from other areas in the Yangtze River Delta appreciate the job fair.

"It's the second time we have attended this fair. Last year we got good feedback," said Li Ying with Xuzhou Education Bureau in Jiangsu Province. "Today we saw job seekers from across the country, even some from very far areas."

Teachers' job fair attracts new talent
Ke Jiayun / SHINE

Job seekers line up to have an interview with Shanghai No.3 Girls Middle School.

Teachers' job fair attracts new talent
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Zhang with the Xuhui District Education Talent Service Center is answering a job seeker's questions.

Teachers' job fair attracts new talent
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Two faculty members of the Middle School affiliated to East China University of Science and Technology interview a job seeker.

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