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Pakistani Envoy Ali requests
"No Discrimination for Pakistani English Tutors"
In Letter to S. Korean Justice Minister Chung Soung-Jin
Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul
Murad Ali

Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul Murad Ali has recently sent a letter to Justice Minister Chung Soung-Jin, asking him to allow Pakistani people to work as English teachers in South Korea, YNA reported on Jan. 22, 2008.

According to the local wire service, the Pakistani envoy made a request "not to discriminate against Pakistani English teachers in the letter."

He said that just like America or Canada, English is the official langauge in Pakistan, and demanded that the Seoul government issue E2 visas for Pakistani people who want to teach English in South Korea.

Diplomatic sources said that other ambassadors from such English speaking countries as the Philippines are making similar demands.

A number of South Korean students leave for such countries as the Philippines and Malaysia for studying English.

In 2006 alone, there were nearly 10,000 South Korean students studying English or attending international schools in the Philippines.

South Korea's current law stipulates that native speakers of English with a bachelor's degree or higher can work as an English teacher in the nation.

But in actuality, only native speakers from the US, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland can receive E2 visas from the local government.

Diplomats from the embassies of Pakistan and the Philippines are demanding that the South Korean government correct "the discrimination."

They said that other countries do not discriminate against their people in receivng E2 visas.






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