The number of Indian school teachers going abroad to teach is increasing - a trend with both positive and negative implications. A recent ad (March 03, 2006), indicates that teachers from India are being offered salaries starting at Rs. 12 lakhs (about US$ 27,000) per annum to teach in district schools in USA. A similar ad seems to have appeared in The Hindu about an year ago (February 23, 2005).
A report in USA TODAY (July 2005) states that "New teachers (in USA) make, on average, $29,733 straight out of college. That's less than what nurses, accountants and others make, according to the National Education Association (NEA). The nation's largest teachers union will urge school districts to raise salaries for beginning teachers to at least $40,000, saying the move is essential to keep public education competitive with other fields." The average annual salaries of teachers in USA range from US$ 33,236 (in South Dakota) to US$ 58,287 (in California) according to NEA estimates in 2004.
Indian teachers seem to be getting salaries on par with new teachers in USA with the potential to increase their salaries as they become more experienced. These kind of salaries will be quite attractive to a large number of Indian teachers, but the tale of one Indian teacher (see box on that page) who has been to the U.S. to teach and returned back to India is describes the challenges they have to deal with.
Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed.CIL) had advertised for the recruitment of teachers from India for schools in USA. Ed.CIL has been recruiting Indian teachers for positions in various African countries for sometime now. This is an example of education exports through the mode 4 route (to use GATS terminology for trade in services).
Employment agencies in USA have been recruiting teachers from India for schools in USA for some time now. The agencies organise all expense paid trips for education administrators from schools in USA and do not charge schools to find the teachers for them. The agencies typically get the teachers to pay them a fee for finding them a job in USA. A report put out by NEA in June 2003 titled Trends in Foreign Teacher Recruitment along with an analysis of the report by an organisation that's against loss of American jobs to foreigners provides more detail.
Here is the text of the recent ad by Ed.CIL - though the details seem to have been taken off the Ed.CIL website at the time of writing this post:
Date: March 3, 2006 12:54PM
Job Function : Teaching/Education
Industry : Educational/Training
Qualification : Postgraduate
Experience : 2-4
Level : Middle - Manager, Assistant Manager
Location : United States
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
Required School Teachers in USA. Require competent, smart and dynamic School Teachers for challenging assignment in District Schools at USA.
Salary: Rs. 12.0 lakh upwards per annum.
Subjects: Mathematics, Science and Special Education.
Eligibility: Post-graduation with B.Ed / M.Ed and minimum of three years post-qualification experience.
Apply latest by March 15th, 2006 in the prescribed format downloadable from Ed.CIL website (www.edcil.co.in).
For details contact: Project Manager (Teachers Recruitment - USA) by mail at: Educational Consultants India Ltd. (A Govt. of India Enterprise) or website.
CONTACT INFORMATION :
Address : Project Manager (Teachers Recruitment-USA), Educational Consultants India Ltd., Ed.CIL House, 18-A, Sector 16-A, Ph: 01202512003-6 (EPABX), Website: www.edcil.co.in, Noida/Greater Noida
Phone : 01202512001