I would like to warn people about coming to Hong Kong to teach in any International School.
I have been teaching for around 25 years. During that time I worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, and China in International schools.
Recently, I signed a contract and was planning to move to Shanghai for my next assignment. I began the Foreign Expert Work Permit process for China. With the new rules you must have a non-criminal police check from all the countries in which you have lived or worked. I thought everything would be fine. I was able to very easily obtain my UK, Kazakhstan and China non-criminal police checks.
Hong Kong, surprisingly, refused my request. The reason I was given was that Hong Kong does not entertain personal or private organization’s applications for non-criminal police checks. It is stated very clearly on the Hong Kong home page.
I spoke to the CEO office of Hong Kong, upper level police officers and the CNCC office. The answer was the same, “we do not entertain personal or private organization requests.” Finally, they mentioned that I could get a non-criminal police check if I could get a letter from the Chinese Education Department stating the reason for the check and the address it should be sent too. Unfortunately, the Chinese government’s answer was that this would not be possible, that it is not part of their job.
So what did all of this mean for me? My contract had to be cancelled. I can no longer work in a Chinese international school or in any country in which the government requires this police check.
I am very troubled by this situation. I feel that I have explored all possible paths and continue to get the same answer. NO.
Please report this and tell potential teachers who want to work in Hong Kong to be very aware of this situation and also to those already in Hong Kong, you may have problems if you move on.
A Concerned ISR Member