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Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby ELSVet » 08 Jun 2016, 15:35

After working here I can say that the management is very unprofessional. If you flirt with your Chinese teachers you have a good chance of getting in good with the organization as a whole. You are asked to sub for other teachers when they call in sick for no extra pay. You are asked to do many after school events, especially if you are a big class teacher. It works out to about 200nt per hour, but you are done at 4:00pm which is actually quite nice. The people who run the school are married to each other which allows for Executive Director to do whatever he/SHE wants with no recourse. Everyone speaks ill of the Executive director behind his/HER back and he/SHE is feared by all CT's. If you are a good teacher it doesn't matter as it is a whole other criteria for having longevity here. There is a 7000nt evaluation bonus every three months but there is no "evaluation" that takes place, it is essentially how they feel about you on that day and more of a popularity contest among foreign teachers. Teachers that have been with them a long time have climbed the popularity ladder and have it quite nice.

If you plan to work here be prepared for an easy gig with nonsensical expectations and zero guidance which can be a blessing and a curse. You get 25 vacation days which is nice, but you can only use them when there is no school and all teachers need to use them at the same time which leads to mass confusion, and a few teachers (first year) will get chopped(not resigned) to make room for new teachers who can actually work the summer.

You don't get full Chinese New Year bonus till year 2 if you make it that far.

Overall there are much better gigs out there where you can make more money for less time, but this job is likely the easiest (once you get in the good books with directors) which is a very difficult task.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby gavmasterflash » 13 Jun 2016, 13:44

Which school are you talking about? I'm sorry, but there appears to be no context for the first statement "after working here...." Where is "here?" Some school, Taiwan in general? Please explain further.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby ABCDteacher » 02 Jul 2016, 13:35

I don't know who posted the last comments on the unknown school, but it sounds identical to the problems and experiences my co-workers and I have had with Kang Chiao Kindergarten School The management is completely unprofessional and it is bewildering how they manage to retain their students and their staff. I can only assume that the high school is so good that the parents are willing to put up with it.

If you are prepared to flirt with the management you might be able to get by ok, but if you see them for the vile mockery of human kind they really are then prepare to be disrespected, disregarded and disfranchised.

In 2015 it was written into the contracts that if substituting someone else's class would be paid extra, so for half the year no one's class got covered until they sat us down and spun some BS about how they weren't going to actually honour that.

The Exec Director is also the trophy wife of the much older owner of the company and she struts around like Celsi from Game of Thrones with her young heir to the throne except without her charm and niceties. No one speaks fondly of her because there is nothing good about her. Most of her contributions come at the last minute before she has seen what has been prepared and all the work has been done. For example this year the syllabus had been written in conjunction with the Chinese teachers so that we would all teach the same things and a month into the year she decided to have the teachers re-write a syllabus to correspond with a text book that made no sense because non of the corresponding materials were purchased. Exercises on stories that you can't read, references to web materials you can not access, teachers books would at least be useful to deciphering what it's about, but apparently not useful enough to buy.

Evaluations appear to be decided on by spinning a wheel that arrives at a figure. Don't expect any constructive criticism and certainly no positive feedback ever, just hell fire if they don't like something. There have been a few times where me and my colleagues are told to do something a certain way, so the next time that's what we do and it's now wrong, so be prepared to be left in the dark and confused by anything vaguely important.

The everyday is ok. As long as you don't work too hard and fade in to the background it's an easy enough gig (which gets harder each year). Just don't expect much reason or logic to be abundant when interacting with the bosses.
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