Q: What's up with public holidays?
This has been happening all year, so for dragon boat festival, coming up in June. We will have off June 10, 11, 12, but we have to work the weekend before (2 days) so in reality we are only getting 1 day off, how do you end up working more on a holiday than normal? This same nonsense has been happening all year with the other holidays.
I can't remember but I don't think we had this last year, is this a new policy this year?
Have you others teaching in public schools been getting shafted like this?
It is not really an scam, even if many foreigners do feel so. In rfeality, the holiday is one day off, but if it does not fall on a Monday or a Friday (on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), then in order to make it a longer holiday you work the previous week end (or "bank" two days) and then have 3 days off the following week.
Many western countries have solve this by making almost all holidays to fall on a Monday or a Friday. Dragon Boat holiday is a one day off, not a three days off.
They've been doing this ever since I got here. I don't know why they do it but it seems like they are make up days which I can't understand. It's like the holiday is the reason we missed class so we have to make those days up. Big difference from back home!
As strange as it was when I first experienced this and thought it was a bit of a scam I don't any more. It's just the way the government dishes out the holidays, giving with one hand and taking with the other. I have discussed it with many Chinese friends and they all hate it as well. Try this system back home and there would be outrage and rebellion probably escalating to war and the overthrowing of the existing government!!!
Absolutely normal, and not a scam. If you check the 'official' holiday listings you will see that the public holiday for The Dragon Boat Festival is one day, and all public holidays are listed similarly. So using the OP's example: We will have off June 10, 11, 12, but we have to work the weekend before (2 days) so in reality we are only getting 1 day off
" We will have off June 10, 11, 12, but we have to work the weekend before (2 days) so in reality we are only getting 1 day off"
One day Public holiday (12th) plus two extra days (10th and 11th) that are days in lieu for working the previous weekend.
"how do you end up working more on a holiday than normal? "
You don't; basic maths, your holiday is 3 days, a weekend is 2 days, 3-2=1 therefore you have 1 day net holiday as per the official public holiday.