My name is Sano and I have been teaching here for more than 7 years. I am from Guinea (West Africa). I graduated in 2005 in Malaysia and came here looking for a job. I am fluent in both English and French. The first thing i noticed was that skin color was the first thing most schools looked at but not the qualifications. We always heard "native speakers". I do agree that a language should be taught by a native speaker but it is also important to look at the person's qualifications. I worked with many native speakers and were better than them in many fields. They were without degrees and qualifications.
Another thing is that people from Russia, France and other European countries are preferred to non-whites just because of the color. To be honest i have nothing against anybody out there but the thing is that the system is so unjust and unfair. i have a decent job and wish that many non-native teachers had the same opportunity. Dont judge a book by its cover. I do understand that it is not the schools' or agencies faults all the time. It is simply because the parents want their children to be taught by a white-skinned person and that is all. So it is all about parents paying money and schools or agencies offering them what they want. Thank you and I am sorry if anyone feels offended by this.. it is the reality