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CDNIS - A death by a thousand cuts?

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    CDNIS - A death by a thousand cuts?

    The saga of CDNIS, the board, the teachers and the parents continues...

    In the mean time, students are being taught life's valuable lessons...


    Canadian International School teachers storm out of meeting as head refuses to quit | South China Morning Post

    Of the more than 100 teachers who took part in a special town hall meeting yesterday, almost all stood up to say they wanted the head, Dr Gregg Maloberti, to go as the governors looked on stunned, several staff told theSouth China Morning Post.

    A dozen teachers upset by the management's stance in an increasingly bitter governance dispute stormed out in tears, while the board chairman later told a parent seeking more accountability she should move her children to a public school.
    Fox confronted the governors in a lift after the meeting.

    She told them: "I want my [three] kids to have an education they started with [at the school] seven years ago … but when you have teachers scared to death to come into school, and you have a head of school that cannot even address [us] …"

    Richard Wong Che-keung, board chairman, hit back, saying governors ran the school and were not accountable to parents.

    "If you are looking for this sort of transparency, then you should go and take your kids to the public school," Wong told Fox. "This is a private, independent school and run by the board of governors … and [we] make [the] decisions."



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    That last paragraph is absolutely unbelievable.

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    Well, we've heard it here a few times ... if you don't like it here, you know where the airport is.

    But presumably the chair of the CDNIS board is a bit less anonymous and a bit more mature when it comes to dealing with complaints.

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    This is turning into an ideal case study of how NOT to run a school.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmbf
    This is turning into an ideal case study of how NOT to run a school.
    or any business.
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    Senior educators (principals) and management / boards like to get on a high horse and claim that educational institutions are not businesses and parents are not stake holders or even share holders / customers.

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    Without tuition fees, there wouldn't be a school for the governors to run. Someone needs to remove their heads from their asses. I don't know if the Education Ministry can help.


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    How could a board of governors for a school not be held accountable by the paying (a lot) parents? If they aren't, then, yes, the parents can "go somewhere else" and then they would have no income, no students, and thus no school to run. And then to have the audacity to actually say that to them is unbelievable. It's one thing to actually do that privately, but another to tell them that to their face...


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    From the outside looking in, it looks like the Board of Governors is acting like a patriarchal society where they know best and they are trying to run the school in their own vision. Sort of like a mini Singapore. However, their vision clashes with the parents and the teachers. The Board hires a Head who shares their vision, but does not have the skills to manage the differing opinions of the parents and teachers, leading to this mistrust.

    In an ideal world, the parents should just pull their kids from the school, since it does not share the same vision as them. But in HK, there are very few alternatives, so it is not so simple as pulling your kid out.

    It does not seem like the Board are accountable to anyone. I think the charter needs to be rewritten to give parents a greater say in the running of the school since it is their money that allows the school to operate in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threelittlepigs
    It does not seem like the Board are accountable to anyone. I think the charter needs to be rewritten to give parents a greater say in the running of the school since it is their money that allows the school to operate in the first place.
    That's like saying customers of Apple have a say in how to run Apple.
    Parent who thinks like that needs to home school their kids.
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