English language training centers in China are often a bit sketchy, but it’s going to be hard now to top a school in Shanghai that was recently forced to fire one of its teachers, a 25-year-old Russian woman, for taping at least two of her students’ mouths shut during class.
The mother of one of the students told Shanghai Daily that she called the police on Wednesday after her mother-in-law informed her that a piece of tape had put over her son’s mouth during one of the teacher’s class. Other students also told their parents that the same thing had happened to them because they were being “too noisy.”
On Saturday, the K&H International School issued a statement apologizing for the incident and stating that it was taking steps to revoke the teacher’s work permit after she had “inappropriately stuck double-faced adhesive tape to the mouths of two kids during the interactive session of the class.”
While it may be “interactive,” this doesn’t appear to be the most effective way to teach kids to speak a foreign language.
It likely also comes as no surprise that the Russian English teacher had been working in the school for a year, despite only receiving her working visa last month. Additionally, the Changning branch of the school where she worked didn’t have a proper business license. The K&H International School has 12 campuses around Shanghai.
Angry parents are now demanding refunds on their children’s tuition, reported to be 15,000 yuan for 100 English classes. We wish them the best of luck in that endeavor.
[Images via Shanghai Daily]