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'Brilliant Minds' education center

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    'Brilliant Minds' education center

    l understand English is not the main language of communication in HKG, but the number of basic errors including arithmetic my 2 children were taught has been quite shocking. They attend the English revision course at “ 'Brilliant minds' ”, errors my children made were ticked as correct. eg they had erroneously written down 'bunch of bread' for a picture of a loaf of bread, a 'bag of chocolate' for a picture of a bar of chocolate'.
    Then on a table with three children, Jim, Peggy and Benny who are 9, 8 and 10 respectively. Sentence says 'Peggy is 8 years old. She is_______ Jim. Well daughter incorrectly filled in 'older then'. Table clearly says Peggy is 8 and Jim is 9 yet daughter was marked correct. Not only is she younger but 'younger than' not 'then' as daughter had clearly written. Basic arithmetic multiple choice, a receipt is shown with total cost of $132.5 then asks if $150 was paid, what change would you get. Daughter chose $18 and marked correct. The answer was “A” $17.50.
    'She is a gril' was marked correct. Theres about half a dozen more errors that I won't bother detailing. A good english student in primary 6 would most likely mark better. I was going to email a complaint, but can't even find their website. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I am even considering requesting a refund for the english class or reporting poor quality 'teaching' Suggestions? They really should be renamed Bungled Minds not Brilliant minds, for english or arithmetic at least.


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    How old are your kids?


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    Apparently they don’t have a website, here is their application with the EDB (the info on the education of their teaching staff is interesting):
    https://applications.edb.gov.hk/scho...70524_2016.pdf

    And here the information the EDB provifes on their website:
    https://applications.edb.gov.hk/scho...n=570524000191

    If you want to take your concerns any further, the EDB would be the ones to approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eIIe
    Apparently they don’t have a website, here is their application with the EDB (the info on the education of their teaching staff is interesting):
    https://applications.edb.gov.hk/scho...70524_2016.pdf

    And here the information the EDB provifes on their website:
    https://applications.edb.gov.hk/scho...n=570524000191

    If you want to take your concerns any further, the EDB would be the ones to approach.
    So no qualified teachers.
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    No trained teachers at all?
    Sounds like a shit show. And proof that pretty much anyone can open an education centre in HK.


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    This is a job advert for they had for English teachers earlier this year.
    https://www.cpjobs.com/hk/job/native...eacher-2309033

    The sole requirements are:
    - 'Native English standard'
    - Patient, friendly, cheerful, creative and energetic.

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    Double posting to add a few more.
    https://hk.jora.com/Brilliant-Mind-E...ew-Territories

    They are looking for a full-time primary tutor paying 10,000-13,000HKD per month.

    Secondary tutors get paid a lot more though. 13-16k according to one advert.

    And yes! They are dated 2018!

    They pay McDonald's salary levels, they are going to get McDonald's level workers.

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    Gives me flashbacks of Kennedy School (ESF) year 5 if I recall.

    Similar mistakes were not corrected and the principal's response something like: "we don't overdo the red markings on their homework as it discourages students". (Was not a problem in year 4 where we had an excellent old fashioned teacher who went out of her way to correct and explain mistakes to students).

    One thing, if you're going to complain - do make sure you can pull your kid out and have another school lined up. The environment gets very toxic for parents who complain, because there are a SHIT TON of parents who are just happy with status quo and you become the arsehole who gets labeled as a trouble-maker. At that time, I should have taken this advice, which was given to me by a board member of that school.

    Last edited by shri; 16-11-2018 at 10:19 AM.
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    I think I'll open an Education Centre. It will be called 'Chancers Academy'


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    Or 'Gooder English'

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