Students shield themselves from the sun as they line up at a job fair at a university in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China Nov. 29, 2018. Tan Qingju/Southern Metropolis Daily via Reuters
MANILA — An online English-teaching platform aimed at the Chinese said Monday it was looking to hire 100,000 Filipinos in the next 5 years to meet growing demand.
The US-listed 51Talk currently employs 18,000 online English teachers, of which, 16,000 are Filipino, said its founder and CEO Jack Huang.
English proficiency is key to tapping demand, with online education estimated to be worth $50 billion, Huang told ANC’s Early Edition.
“We believe that Filipino teachers are the best teachers, best online English teachers in the world to teach Chinese kids,” Huang said.
“Naturally happy and friendly” Filipinos are a perfect fit to educate children ages 5 to 12 years, which make up about 80 percent of 51Talk’s students, he said.
US-listed online education group 51 Talk is looking to hire 100,000 Filipino teachers in the next 5 years, as it sees strong demand from Chinese students to learn English. Out of its current 18,000 teachers, 16-thousand are Filipinos. 51 Talk founder Jack Huang says, Filipino educators are among the world’s best!
Posted by Early Edition on ANC on Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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