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Q: 'What would you?' or 'What should I do?'

 School here in Bijie, Guizhou, is run by scum-managers-owners!   I had problems with owners since after the first 3-months into the Contract. They made School's Board issue 'Termination of the Contract' for some bogus reasons ...   I nicely explained to them that if I passed probation period, I will most likely complete the Contract ….   I paid in advance for the dental procedure (120k Rmb), which is almost completed, but .... at the time I got Termination notice, the dentist was on approx. 1/3 of all work and it would be impossible to finish it in 30-days time.   So, I had to engage Chinese lawyer, who's only advising me for now.    School rep and all around him became very nice to me in the last 2 months of the Contract.    Today, I got new hit:   School rented apartment for 1-year and rent expires on May 18th, 2017.   Rep: ''Would you mind to move in the room on the Campus until June 10th (Contract's end!)?”… , when I plan to move to the new RP sponsor site.  Apartment's owner apparently doesn't want to extend rent for another 30-days, but only for the whole year, rep. told me.   I was in the Campus room at my arrival to the city (April 2016), because owner excused herself as 'I need more time to find an apartment’.  Campus room is without hot water in the shower and shared washing machine.   This request is Contract breach and I am not required to oblige, but in real they are just penny pinchers …    I almost made-up my mind and I won't move out and if I am required to vacate apartment on May 18th, I will get the room in Hotel in the city for a month until the end of the Contract.  Are these people for real?  I need a suggestion: 'How would you handle this request?'

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Just do what you gotta do to keep your job or change jobs, visa and everything going up, not down. No one here can be normal, heck a FBI agent married the enemy, isn't that a person with issues? Cmon, you haven't fallen that low, its just a stupid school.

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Probably very badly and violently ....ever see a white guy holding a Chinese guy buy the ankle from a window. ...
Yes I know. ..i have issues..... but so do you lot as well

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Just do what you gotta do to keep your job or change jobs, visa and everything going up, not down. No one here can be normal, heck a FBI agent married the enemy, isn't that a person with issues? Cmon, you haven't fallen that low, its just a stupid school.

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SAFEA, take your own advice

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It obviously depends on the precise wording of the contract.... if it says "hot water" and personal private washing machine, you're in with a chance.

 

If not, your SOL.

 

But, yeah, I'd be doing the hotel option.... make sure you don't get stung with the hotel bill!

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Another horror story. I have heard 1 horror story for every 2 good stories. I don't know your personal situation. I remember working for some schools where the employer conveniently forgot I was married and gave me a dormitory for living. My wife rented an apartment for me. This happened twice during my 6 years teaching. I can only tell you what I would do. As I read your contract is another 6 weeks. Maybe your contract isn't as legal as you think it is. could be the reason your employer is brave enough to arbitrarily end parts of the contract. No idea what you should do. I would just keep working until the contract expires, and live on campus. In my view it is only 6 weeks. I hope you get the release letter.

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I learnt something new lately. "Ironman" already put it in his words and it is practical.

 

Since people are unjust, in this situation you need to avoid adding  gas to the fire.  Unjust, people must already know what they do and have a plan to make it happen. Sure you can fight them, but that won't solve the problem unless the way you fight them preserves and ensures your priorities. You need to move on without looking back. Get out of there without damages at all, if that's possible.

 

Safe guard a place to stay, that is, rent  a flat for the time being and for the one needed until you have a clear path to the next school. Having an apartment rented until then, will help you to secure your way out of the one it seems it's already claimed. 

In the meantime, safeguard the paper work and the time needed for it. 

 

That's a way to play it wise and peacefully. If fighting them upfront will help you with anything you need,  you may do it but it will mean emotional exhaustion. What if you can fight them without getting emotionally involved? Certainly there will be some loss on the way out of there. Probably energy, money, frustration, either of them or all. 

If I am not wrong you already contemplate a change of the school. Focus on that plan and make it happen. You will leave the school anyway. It really doesn't matter that you will stay a few days more at another place. I would consider renting an apartment anyway. 

I told you about the injustice of people, that is not worthy to fight them, if possible not at all. Because they are unrighteous, they know  to be righteous too. Tricking someone with a contract signed and agreed upon by you and school, it requires mean and shrewd  spirit. It is not about changing them or showing them that they are wrong. It is about how that may affect your plans to move on, jeopardize your way out and make you live the "horror" worst than it is. 

 

When you deal with shrewd people, unless you have time and have measured the collateral damages, you better let them be. As I see, you don't have time to show them they are wrong. Besides, where you go you will find other mean and shrewd people ready to squeeze you with the contract in hands and they may be worst than those you have posted about on this thread. 

 

Leave peacefully as possible. 

 

I wish you all the best. 

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I had new 'story'/happening this week .... when one student repeatedly (3 times) said: 'Fuck your mother!', while I was checking how are students making short written exercise around the classroom and passing by his table.

 

That was the same student, I took in the teacher's office a month ago for similar cursing in classroom and I told his Chinese head teacher about it. 

 

The same evening, rep sent me an email about 'how will student apologize and how he is sorry from the bottom of his heart ...

 

I demanded, the student should not be in the classroom during my English class because he is disturbing my work and if School insists, he should remain in the classroom, I will exit and wait in the office until the end of the class.

 

My reply last night to rep in entirety (my mom always say: 'He never listens .... ', i.e. to an advice of Iron &PulSatre) :

 

Students understanding of my spoken English isn't my problem, but most likely responsibility of English teachers who taught them before me.

 

Your help which I need and I asked you several times contains of:

 

1st. 

Return of 600 RMB deducted out of my first salary for the day off granted by you after I returned to Bijie from ME in Guiyang! 

That funds were deducted out of my pay unjustifiable because I didn't ask you for the day off. You told me I can rest next day!

I want that money back and I asked you about it several times, but still no reply from you!

2nd.

Pay slips for my salaries in 2nd Semester, i.e. March, April, May and tax receipts for the same three months.

This is School's obligation and it's never shown on the phone to the employee like you did. I want pay slips, where I can read amount of salary and deductions of it!

 

Once, we sort that out, we can have a talk about help with translation in the classes. 

I am well versed in teaching English and if students don't understand me, I also show them a meaning of a new word or even of the whole sentence. 

I will also ask them few questions after my detailed explanation, so I'll know if they understand me.

 

The problem is on your side, but you don't see it. 

It isn't that I need help with translation.

Once, I bring the student to the teacher's office with my complaint, it's School's Board responsibility to sort the matter out with the student. 

Why do you think, I escort a student to the office? To hear the same matter repeat again a few weeks later?

No, I bring him into the office, so matter won't ever repeat in my classroom!

 

Now, if you agree with that (I don't see how you could disagree!), the student doesn't belong to the class, because he or she is interrupting my work.

 

I just finished the class in no. 19. They don't care for English whatsoever. However, none of them curse (in English) during the class. I try my best to represent them a lesson, and they aren't interrupting me like the student in class no. 6.

 

That is entirely School's Board responsibility and none of the foreign teacher's responsibility.

I am a professional foreign teacher, i.e. I make my living by teaching English in China and not the student on vacation doing the same work. I know my responsibilities and I am not asking you about it!

 

I am telling you (to your School's Board), which was eager to issue unjustifiable Contract termination, but they are unable to stop students cursing in English during my lessons.

Strange teachers Board that is!

 

I am aware of with who I am dealing at Lanyuan School since your lying about my Recommendation letters, i.e. your 'you cannot handle big classes as a statement out of Kaifeng University'.

 

You must lie to get an upper hand over foreign English teacher working successfully in China since 2009. 

 

Some teachers you are, all of you!

 

 

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Never threaten to not do your job. Then you're in the wrong (learned that the hard way). Give your 30 days notice  and walk , secretly video the kids behavior just to show the parent. 

You screwed up from the start. Whenever there's a serious classroom issue, document it (video preferably), communicate in writing; emails/ texts. 

Your situation, 1. go to school and demand meeting with student's parents. 2. demand a meeting his/ her classmates' parents, send a note home with students. They'll be pissed because it's disturbing their kids learning if they even care.

These days, mental disorders are on the rise in China (shitty parenting and toxins in the water and food)

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