Christ, that sounds hellish.
And yet you get numpties on China daily saying that each and every teaching job in China should only have fully licensed, PGCEd up, qualified teachers.
They should be lucky they get *any* person to leave the civilised surrounds of the west to come and work in a hellhole job like that.
What's bad is that I have thirteen years' experience teaching.I am a real teacher: 2 BAs, an MA and an MFA. I am published. I absolutely love teaching Chinese college students, but the FAOs of some schools are impossible... what's the word....? I won't say it because it might be slanderous (though true).
This is actually a pretty good school except for the awful accommodations and the administration's oblivion to the needs of its resident teachers. The Chinese teachers are picked up by expensive tour buses in the morning, and they're delivered to their department buildings promptly at 8:40. Then, at lunch, those same buses take the teachers home for lunch at 11:40 and then return them to the campus at 2:10. Then, at 4:30, they're taken home.
My life? Not much different from a prisoner's. I was out in the boonies. When the food service stopped, so did the water delivery. Was there a connection? Hmmmm. My air conditioner also broke down at the same time, requiring a maintenance guy to flip a switch outside my cell two weeks later. Apparently, that switch also turned back on the water delivery service.
I chose the school. I knew that it was out in the boonies. I wasn't prepared to accept the rest that came with the package.
I'm not so sure that having just anybody teaching at a Chinese school can be a good thing. I've had my fill of those anybodies. One does not need fancy degrees to be a good teacher. I've seen high schoolers teach classes, and I know that a bright mind can accomplish wonders.
What's bad is when those anybodies lack education, skills, and mental health. Everyone suffers: the students, the school, the faculty, the fellow foreign teachers.
I shouldn't get started...