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Q: Signed a contract before the virus. School gone quiet

I signed a contract and got most of the extra paperwork done before the virus started. I'm supposed to start in the beginning of September. But for the last few months the school has gone quiet and they aint replying to emails or anything. Do I wait for them to answer as there's a few more months to go. Or do I cut my losses and look for a new job?

14 weeks 3 days ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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School gone quiet... or possibly bankrupt.

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What province you in?

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A number of factors could be part of the silence. If the school is not opened yet, like primary, kindergarten, and training schools, you are propbaly the last thing on their minds. Is the school ot program still in operation, or did they go bankrupt? 

 

Without knowing more about your situation, it is difficult to help. Are you a new teacher coming to China? Are you inside or outside of China? Where were you coming from? Where were you going to work at? 

 

There is no simple answer to help you without more information. 

 

I have been fortunate to be working with a company/school that does not play games. We got paid full salary throughout the quarantine, and we did online lessons. We have been back in the classroom for about a month since we are a high school in a less infected part of China. Contracts have been signed by all of our foreign teachers and we are beginning the processing of paperwork for the start of the 2020-21 school year. We might have to work an extra week or two into the summer, but the school is doing everything to limit the extra time required by the province education system. 

 

Although we have been lucky within our company and schools, I know many have been very unlucky. Without a reliable blacklist available for research, it is sometimes difficult to find reputable educations companies in China. Overall, it is more about being lucky than research and skill to find a great place to work in China. That said, there are some great places to land in China. 

 

Wish you the best of luck. 

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Sorry for the many reposts. My computer said I was timed out and I kept trying to post. My apologies to all. I am not sure how to delete the extra postings. 

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School gone quiet... or possibly bankrupt.

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Word came today that 'some' primary schools (grade 1 & 2) with return at the end of may. Training centres, extra curricular facilities and the like will open AFTER kindergartens return to normal schedule. There has been no mention of kindergartens in the recent announcements. My wife is following the announcements closely because she is a kindy teacher and does some part time work in a training centre.

As the previous poster says, they may have gone down the gurgler. Many have thrown in the towel recently because they don't have liquid funds to pay 6 months rent, salaries, utilities without income.

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