prestigious private kindergarten in Taipei has found itself at the center of controversy this week after one of its employees posted a job ad onto Facebook for a substitute English teacher which noted, both apologetically and bluntly, that “black or dark skinned” candidates would not be accepted.
The ad, which was posted on the Facebook group “Substitute teachers needed in Taipei (City/County)” on Monday afternoon, was aiming to find a substitute English teacher for seven days in July, teaching 4 to 5-year-old kids at the Kang Chiao International School.
Further down, the ad includes an unusual “personal note” which reads: “The school has informed me that it will not accept applications from people who are not from predominantly English speaking countries, or who are black or dark skinned. I am sorry. I am so so sorry.”
As you might expect, the ad was not well received by members of the Facebook group and it was taken down in under an hour, according to Taiwan News. However, it was later reposted by one member of the group,Williams Kaboré, a student and sales manager from Burkina Faso who studies at New Taipei City’s Tamkang University.
“There is no good excuse to write this on social media. If you repeat your bosse’s racist statements, you are no different than your boss,” Kaboré wrote.
In the comments underneath Kaboré’s post, others stood up for the employee who made the job advert post:
What should the girl do? If she doesn’t warn people the problem is hidden, and people already being discriminated against will waste time applying for a position they wont get.
She made it quite obvious she didnt agree and told the truth. Shaming her for this wont fix the problem, but it will hide it.
I understand shitting on the school they deserve it… but the girl who made that post… not sure what shitting on her helps.
While some called for all teachers to boycott schools with these kinds of discriminatory hiring practices. “If everyone refused to work at those type of schools until they changed their policies then maybe changes could happen,” wrote one foreign resident of Taipei.
In response to the uproar, the Kang Chiao International School has released a statement on Facebook, claiming that it “does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.”
“With regard to the recent accusation of racial discrimination in the employment of international teachers at Kang ChiaoInternational School, the school hereby affirms that we are strongly opposed to discriminatory employment practices,” the statement reads. “We ask the public not to disseminate false accusations against our school.”
It appears that many Facebook users have not accepted the school’s statement with Kang Chiao being forced to delete reviews and comments while their rating has slipped to 3 stars.
Though most schools may not be so upfront about it, the practice of schools refusing to hire qualified teachers of color is a widespread problem on both sides of the strait that is particularly acute in kindergartens. Typically, black teachers won’t be informed ahead of time that their applications will not be accepted. Instead, they simply just won’t get the job.