HUAIROU, Beijing Province:
Finished off my Hallowe'en lesson, and my three Monday classes did OK. Class 11 were really disruptive today, but I think all the students are a bit nervous about their exams tomorrow.
We had some bad news though - Miss Cao's been working on getting all our information for us (we gave her a list!):
1. Contracts - we still don't know if the school has signed our contracts! And if they have, they still need to send a copy back to TTC
2. Electricity & Gas money - Emily has now told Sarah this morning that we will get that back (but who knows when!)
3. Mandarin Lessons - apparently Emily will start teaching us next week, in the evening, but she's always really busy!
4. English Corner - we really want to set up an English Corner at the school for students to come and practice their English voluntarily. It'd just be nice to help some of the students who need it, and actually want to learn! Anyway, the school has approved it, we just have to decide on a day.
And finally, 5. Korean School pay - this was where the bad news was. After being originally told 150元 a session (Sarah and I do two sessions each), the Chinese school are now telling us we won't earn anymore than 50元 a session, perhaps even only 30元!
I was so angry - partly because they've waited for this long to tell us, so all the money we thought we'd been saving up has been cut down substantially - but also because all the other teachers working for the Korean department are getting paid 150元! So we've earnt maximum of a 1/3rd of what their earning, for doing the same work!
We organised a meeting with Connie, and Sarah's decided to stop working for them on Saturdays - especially as she gets Friday off, it's not worth her missing out on valuable travelling time to earn a pittance. I've decided to carry on working for them though, but for no less that 50元 a session, even though that's still taking the piss! But I really need to money - I've got to save up for my Visa renewal!