近日，《中国日报》记者针对社会上的一些热点问题采访了新航道国际教育集团首席人力资源官杨明老师和新航道国际教育集团外籍教师负责人Chris Allen， 并连续发布了两篇报道。
Yang Ming, chief human resources officer at New Channel International Education Group in Beijing, said the company strictly follows the regulations related to foreign experts' work permits, and those who fail to meet the requirements are not hired, irrespective of their teaching prowess.
"The regulation is the red line for all companies, and none of them should cross it to hire foreign teachers illegally," he said.
In addition, New Channel has imposed its own regulations to oversee foreign teachers. For example, those who are late for class or leave early will receive a fine ranging from 100 to 2,000 yuan and they must apologize to their students. Moreover, they should refrain from smoking, drinking, chewing gum or playing with their cellphone during class, Yang said.
Members of the management randomly inspect classes to monitor foreign teachers' performances, and assistants ask students to provide feedback about teachers, he said.
"It is difficult and costly to find qualified foreign teachers, yet we are willing to shoulder the cost and employ only the best to give our students a good education," Yang said.
Chris Allen, manager of international teachers at New Channel International Education Group's school in Beijing, said a native speaker will obviously be more familiar with their mother tongue and will naturally have a better command of the language, whether in terms of grammar or pronunciation.
Speaking to a non-Chinese person also helps students become accustomed to people from overseas and learn how native speakers really use English outside of textbooks, the British national said.
In the United Kingdom, background checks, such as those regarding a criminal record, are the norm before teachers are employed. That situation should be the same everywhere, according to Allen.
"If adults are in contact with minors at work, we need to ensure that those children and young people are safe, no matter what nationality the teacher is," he said.