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Beware Enlighten Education Group Chengdu
This is a very serious warning.

I am a part-time English teacher in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

I want to warn all of you to NEVER ever work for a school called Englighten Education Group, sometimes called Times Group Canada Ltd., sometimes called PiXian No. 2 International Department. The woman who runs the shows goes by so many different aliases that I could not list them all -- Mrs. Winnie, Mrs. Shirley Lee, Mrs. Shirley Chan, etc., etc.

She recruits on www.teacherscn.com and on Dave′s Internet Café. She offers on paper between RMB 5,000 - RMB 7,000 per month for a ten-month contract. And that is where the falsehoods begin.

She will promise you a private apartment. That will not happen. If it does happen, it will be filthy-dirty, there will be no furniture, there will be one-1940′s-type television set, no air conditioner, no heater, minimal bedding if any, etc., etc. She will move you from one apartment to another until she finally has you in the cheapest apartment she can find. She made one female Australian teacher move on Christmas day….There will be no telephone (your expense), no bicycle (your expense), a washing machine (maybe, it it works at all).

She will pay your first month′s salary on time. From then on, each month, there will be "deductions" from the salary. One teacher had her pay reduced from RMB 5,500 to RMB 1,600. Another teacher had his pay reduced by RMB 2,000, another by 3,500, etc., etc. You will be promised one amount and paid another. If you object, you will be threatened with jail, with deportation, with the police, etc, etc. All of the teachers run away very quickly, most of them in the middle of the night.

You will teach in classrooms with completely destroyed furniture, with many of the windows broken, with the doors broken, with the classrooms full of trash (she doesn′t believe in having the classroms cleaned).

You will have to teach the lesson plans that her Director of Studies, a Chinese ex-factory worker by the name of George, will give. The lessons make no sense, and are way either beyond or below the level of the students. You cannot complain because that makes you not a team player…..

Don′t expect to get your airfare reimbursed, it won′t happen. One Australian man with a signed contract is still waiting for his airfare to be reimbursed (and parts of his last two-month′s pay).

Everything with this group is Alice-in-Wonderful. What you see is NOT what you get. The full-times ran away, and the part-time employees like me simply won′t go there anymore.

Be very, very careful. You will loose everything with this person. And remember -- don′t believe anything at all. It′s just at that level.

BJ [2005-01-08, 09:56:00][ID: 1100-5971] I also worked for this woman. She recruited me from Australia. I can back-up everything that this writer says. And more. She will cheat and con you every way possible. She reimbursed PART of my airfare and then deducted the amount TWICE from my pay. She made me move apartments until I ended up in a filthy slum. She will change your classes on a ten-seconds notice and then you are scolded for not having lesson plans. I ran as quickly as I could go. And it′s true -- she has more names than there are entries in the London Telephone Directory. Be exceptionally careful.

Mrs. W.J. F [2005-01-11, 09:14:00][ID: 1100-5979] I also worked for this woman. She recruited me from Australia. I can back-up everything that this writer says. And more. She will cheat and con you every way possible. She reimbursed PART of my airfare and then deducted the amount TWICE from my pay. She made me move apartments until I ended up in a filthy slum. She will change your classes on a ten-seconds notice and then you are scolded for not having lesson plans. I ran as quickly as I could go. And it′s true -- she has more names than there are entries in the London Telephone Directory. Be exceptionally careful.

Mrs. W.J. Frills [2005-01-11, 09:14:00][ID: 1100-5980] I also worked for her two months on a one-year contract before returning to Canada early. Yes, believe what you read here. She promised me a nice apartment and I was given a roach infested, unheated apartment with paint falling off the walls. The kitchen was so dirty that it was just layers of grease upon grease. She made me teach way above my contract hours and didn′t pay me. And the contract, like they write here, was meaningless. She also cut my pay because she didn′t like my "performance".

Toronto Boy [2005-01-14, 07:41:00][ID: 1100-6011] What sort of an idiot would take ANY post in such a backward isolated dirty third world ′communist′ (lawless wild west) state? You deserve everything you get and more.

Rational [2005-02-03, 07:16:00][ID: 1100-6095]