Blacklisted: Wuxi Korean School, Jiangsu A BIG AVOIDWuxi Korean School has been advertising repeatedly on this site and on other sites for teachers for the spring term, 2012.

The school has an exceptionally bad reputation for a school in Jiangsu and that is saying a lot, considering the competition it has in terms of not good schools in the province.

The school has been in-and-out of bankruptcy for most of the last 7 - 8 years. It was takeover by the province at least once when it went under and it was shut down another by the province when it went under. The campus looks good on its website and on paper but ... BUT ... B U T ...

Foreign teachers have gone unpaid quite often for months at a time until they melt away. Some claim to have not been paid at all. In terms of visa support, if you like working on a tourist visa, then this is the place for you. They will promise you everything and give you nothing except misery and financial ruin. I simply can't imagine that they have managed to sneak back into business again.The contract is meaningless and the high pay that they will promise you is meaningless because they will not deliver upon it at all.

This is an absolute avoid. Why did it ever come back to life - that is the big question ....


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Wuxi Korean School - Private School - China

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I have no idea what the management was like when the original review was written.  I moved here from Korea, where I worked for 6 years.  I have previously worked in a hagwon, and in public schools, elementary, and middle.  Wuxi Korean School is the best position I've had.  I get paid on time, and I've had excellent support wherever I've needed it.  I live in an apartment three times the size of the one I had in Seoul (which comes in at 2/3s the housing allowance).  The school cafeteria, where we get free lunch, is good.  The facilities are decent (they've just built a new gymnasium, and put in a second computer lab), but the classrooms are not quite as well equipped as the standard tech in Seoul public schools.  They have large screen tvs that interface with laptops that are available for teachers to use in most of the classrooms, but most teachers go old-school with white board and markers.

I work really hard, by choice.  I'm alone in the classroom (unlike in Korea, where they have co-teachers).  I do my own assessments, and set and grade exam papers.  There are textbooks and a comprehensive project schedule, but aside from that, I have free reign to prepare what I like, without micro-management or excessive pressure.  There are 7 other Western staff, 6 Chinese teachers (and 15-odd support staff), and 60-odd Korean teachers, all of whom are qualified and recognised by the Korean government.

The kids are great, and I love my job.  There's good community at the school with free staff Chinese classes weekly, a badminton club, and a few other things that I'm not a part of.  I do miss Seoul with all its familiarity, but this was an all round step up for me from my previous position.
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