Why are ESL teachers in demand in Hong Kong?
With both Chinese and English being the official languages in Hong Kong, the Government invests heavily in helping students to attain a high level of proficiency in English. One of the many important measures taken is the introduction of the Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Scheme by the Education Bureau (EDB), which benefits public sector primary and secondary schools. With the support from different sources of funding such as Government Additional Funds, Parent-Teacher Association and school sponsoring bodies, the recruitment of Native English Teachers (NETs) is also made possible in all types of schools. In fact, many schools in Hong Kong hire NETs to support and enhance English Language learning and teaching. The recruitment of NETs is not limited to public sector schools registered with the government NET Scheme, as many kindergartens and private schools hire NETs too.