Friday, January 11, 2008

Adjunct Teachers Lost Jobs

Adjunct teachers in some remote country side areas caught national attention two years ago, when a news article revealed their poor living conditions. Many of them were paid on 40 RMB Yuan ($5) monthly salary, while taking the most challenging teaching jobs in remote areas where regular teachers won't go. They received a pay raise to 80 Yuan after the national outcry combined with admiration and sympathy.

They were happy on the pay raise and a promise of converting to regular teachers when time would be right. However, this month the national education ministry announced a policy to remove all adjunct teachers, 440,000 of them, from the education system effective immediately. Some of the adjunct teachers taught for the pleasure or for a belief, and some of them taught because they needed the $10 each month for a living.

All gone.

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