Okay, now for the teachers. The Japanese (native) teachers get significantly lower pay than the expats. I was an exception though since I haven’t obtained my 4-year degree and thus my pay was on par with the native teachers.
Now for the crappy part. One of the duties for the Japanese teachers was to clean the toilets at whichever facility they worked. Since they only worked four hours a day – ALL the teachers I knew had to take part-time jobs to support themselves. One woman (they were all women) was happy to have found a waitressing position through her friend’s restaurant!
But you know, I have to give kudos to the native teachers. Many of them actually spoke fairly good English and I haven’t met a single one that isn’t dedicated to our students. I believe that the lack of dedication from some of the expat teachers is one reason why many of the Japanese teachers do not like the expat a.k.a. gaijin teachers professionally. I have to admit that although many of the expats are slackers or just straight up jackasses, we cashed out much better than the native teachers.
Oh well, more later!