Sunday, March 17, 2013
The ALT’s who work for the BOE in Yufu City are on a yearly contract. The contracts expire at the end of this March. What’s so unusual about this little bit of news is that none of the ALT’s are sure if they will be rehired. Each year our contracts are reviewed and we have to go through the interview process. This is emotionally stressful especially when a student asks if I’m going to teach their English class next year. All I can do is shrug my shoulders and tell them that I don’t know. This has led to many unnecessary tearful goodbyes.
ALT’s aren’t the only ones that have to endure this guessing game. Teachers, nurses, and administrators are rotated every so many years. Principals and Vice Principals are shuffled around also. No one is exempt from this merry-go-round. This makes it really hard to form lasting friendships. I’m not sure what the logic is behind this. I do know that it’s heartbreaking to tell a sobbing first grader that you may not see them again. What’s even worse, one of my schools had an official going away ceremony for me. A couple of weeks later, I was back at their doorstep with my renewed contract. I hope I won’t have any going away ceremonies this year. George