Teachers at International School Anaco Venezuela, International School of Port of Spain Trinidad, and other schools around the world, have reported their contracts were terminated during the last weeks of school due to “budgetary cut backs”. Termination came without warning and left these teachers, some of which are teaching families, jobless for the upcoming school year.
ISR asserts that schools engaging in the practice of stringing teachers along, secretly knowing they may not need them after summer vacation, are schools without a conscience. We understand it’s hard to find teachers after the recruiting fairs are over, but jeopardizing the well being of teachers and families for selfish reasons demonstrates a complete lack of ethical substance. Forewarned is one thing, but being deceived until the last minute is an entirely different matter.
Sudden contract termination has become more prevalent as the economy worsens and our hunch is the excuse has also been used to terminate teachers the administration simply feels are not “team players”. Just recently, Emirates International School terminated an entire group of teachers hired at the Search and ECIS Fairs in London. Is it time for International Teachers to add a protection clause to their contracts with an early termination buy-out figure included? We think so!
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