Read the story of the ABC School of English.
ABC School Dispute Resolved
Students and teachers of the ABC School of Englishannounced yesterday that they were happy with thesettlement that has finally been reached between themand the school’s owner, Mr. Nigel Anthony.“After a long fight, it’s good to know that thestudents will get their money back and that theteachers will be paid,” said John Ford, one of theteachers of ABC.Four months ago, a group of teachers from the ABCSchool took its owner to court because they had notbeen paid. When three of them were fired afterwards,a series of demonstrations by teachers began in frontof the school. The teachers were quickly joined bymany students, who felt that the school had been verymisleading in their publicity.Both students and teachers had reasons to complain:
Students had been told that they wereguaranteed to pass an importantinternational English exam if they took theABC Special Exam Class. Many studentsdid not have a high enough level of Englishto be in the class, took the exam and failed.
Students had also been charged extramoney for “multimedia support”. Inpractise this meant a small room with twocomputers that were attached to theinternet. Most of the time this room wasclosed.
The ABC School also guaranteed “smallclasses” and “reduced groups”. Studentswere surprised to see that during the schoolyear their class size grew from 8 to 15students in one small classroom. One classhad 25 students.
Teachers were often not paid on time, andat the end they were not paid at all. Theywere never paid when they were sick, or forholidays.
Teachers had to pay for all their ownmaterials and photocopies.
There was no staff room, and very littleresources for the teachers to use.
Both students and teachers complained thatthe school premises were very bad (dirtyclassrooms, broken lights, no toilet paper inthe washrooms)Mr. Nigel Anthony, who owns the
School of English and the
Driving School was notavailable for comment. Students and teachers saidthat they rarely saw him. He has an apartment in thecity and a villa by the sea. Last week he said that if hehad to pay back all the money he owed, the schoolwould have to close.
Discuss these questions in groups.
Do you know any schools like the ABC School of English?
What would you do if you were a teacher or a student at a school like this?
Can you think of other examples when workers or clients have taken anemployer to court and won?3.
Here’s what some people said about Mr. Nigel Anthony
. I’ve known him for years, those
tricks do not surprise me. He was always a good neighbour. I’m surprised he would
to that – not paying hisstaff and lying to his clients! He is nothing more that a
cheat. Nigel has been involved in
deals since he was a child.You can’t trust him, he
everything and puts his own