The school day had ended. Teachers and students were saying their good-byes for the summer months. Unbeknownst to 9 teachers and 2 support staff, their goodbyes were going to be permanent. While still in their classrooms signing students’ yearbooks and wishing the kids and parents a great vacation, a school secretary entered and handed “walking notices” to the 9 unsuspecting teachers. It is reported that some burst into tears. Security guards then locked the dismissed teachers out of their email accounts.
As a result, Canadian School Hong Kong now finds itself suspended by Search Associates and has become the focus of organized protests by both parents and students.
Reports indicate the school has sought legal advice as to whether it can also remove certain students as a means to break relations with parents who, like the fired teachers, oppose current school governance procedures. Gregg Maloberti, current Head of school, replaced a well-liked and respected previous Head who was booted after disagreements with school governors. The Globe and Mail web site reports that a group of students expressed disapproval of the firings by taking down Mr. Maloberti’s official school portrait.
The letters of termination are said to contain verbiage reminding teachers that their contracts contain a confidentiality clause. By all accounts, this clause is in essence a gag order, and may account for why ISR has not received School Reviews exposing the situation.
ISR certainly would not advocate any teacher break the terms of their contract, but parents and other interested parties may wish to have a centralized location through which to discuss developments at this school. Notably, the school reports they will be “fully staffed with qualified teachers when classes resume in August.”
Here are some news links of interest related to this situation
1. Even Hong Kong’s sought-after private schools cannot ignore customer needs:
2. Canadian School in Hong Kong fires group of teachers after year of tumult:
3. CDNIS suspended from International Education Network:
And it seems many are so frustrated, a spoof Twitter account mimicking the Head of School was created: https://twitter.com/Canuck_HOS
4. Read a detailed School Review posted to the ISR Member Area (7/3/2015) that describes events at the school in detail. Please scroll to Review #10 when page opens
(ISR Note: In a previous Newsletter, we did say we were taking the summer months off to focus on technical matters related to the ISR Web Site, but the current situation at the Canadian School Hong Kong warrants immediate attention.)
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