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PLEASE BE ADVISED!!! I Can Read Singapore (former teacher)

 
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sqwuib



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:48 am    Post subject: PLEASE BE ADVISED!!! I Can Read Singapore (former teacher) Reply with quote

Anyone who has been offered a job or is looking into working for I Can Read may want to think again.
Having been a 4 year veteran as a teacher here has given me great clarity to the whole I Can Read brouhaha.
I Can Read is franchised and is managed by the headquarters team called Total Literacy Pte. Ltd. They set the contract, training and initial job placement for you into the 15+ centers here. Most centers have an average of 5-6 teachers. Cirriculum is ready made with no preparation involved for the teachers.
When I first arrived in 2008, I was placed in to Hotel 81, which is a pay by the hour hotel I later found out as many "Ang mo's" or white people were bringing in SGP's or Singapore girls.
They said they would provide me a housing agent leading me to believe they would bear the cost later to find out that they only phoned a local agent and I had to bear the 2 moths deposit rent. As naive as I was, I rolled with it and entered the training.
The training had me more confused after I left the thing and thank goodness I had some teachers to re-train me on the terminology and countless acronyms that I was bombarded with. They gave us a grammar test only as a formality as they didn't even mark them and offered us a contract only cause they were desperate. If you look at the ad on Dave's cafe, they supposedly have a "high volume" of applicants. Somehow I doubt this to be true.
The headquarters have gone through countless staff in the last 4 years as well showing a uneasiness of their business.
Staff turnover is massive as most teachers run away after being lied to by their Singaporean bosses or just the unprofessionalism of how the centre is run. Teachers hired are not qualified and an Australian person who i used to work with was a banker by trade and didn't even have a TEFL, CELTA, etc.
This same "teacher" who recently married spent more time drooling over the office girls than actually teaching. When the matter was presented to the boss, it was pushed aside as the matter wasn't important. Oh! You mean teaching isn't important?? I guess when the boss mentioned it was a business and money needed to be made, you knew the ethics weren't high on the agenda. I have an entire list of countless other mis-managed situations in the last few years. Its so sad that it's kind of funny.
Other teachers have been transferred to other centers as they have been lied to in regards to work hours, tax reimbursement and flight allowance. They failed to pay me my flight bonus as I didn't leave the country as they said that was stated in the contact. I signed another contract and had them put a clause in the contact that stated they pay me my flight bonus as they dont give you flight bonuses on a renewal contact.
In terms of material, the reading books had countless mistakes in it even after we highlighted it it be fixed. The PEP or writing program is an exact copy from the Internet with multiple errors in each book each week. Some weeks, books didn't arrive and we were stuck to deal with it.
The boss and manager were never present in the centre. The boss, maybe 4 times a year and the manager, once a month only for pay day. Some teachers and office staff took advantage of that and decided to take the lazy approach than actually teaching or working. Again when it was mentioned, the boss could care less. As long as the boss was making money I guess. Office staff turnover was worse than teacher turnover making it frustrating to have any consistency. Students were booked back to back for lessons, others were never notified. Teacher files were missing info constantly. Not to mention we had a few staff who thought they were in a club with skirts so short, they had complaints from parents. I wonder why?? One Malay lady quit after serving her probation period after the boss extended it for no apparent reason, however the boss has made several racist and sterotypical comments towards foreigners throughout my employment. I think you know the reason.
In an attempt to save face, the manager promoted a whole class of 3-4 year olds that were not ready to enter a 5-6 year old class because the manager had failed to find a replacement teacher for the class even though 3 months of notice were given for a new teacher to be found. When the foreign teacher would assess and "fail" the child and ask they improve a little before promotion, the local teacher would tell parents the child wasn't promoted because of the foreigners accent?? Ummmm, we are NATIVE English speakers, not that sad attempt of "Singlish" the Singaporeans are so proud of.
I have a fellow colleague who would love to share with you his experience too of his time at ICR. I've asked him to share as well and hope he does to warn all teachers to stay away from this company.
At the end of this, the most pathetic thing about my centre was the lack of respect for all people, especially the foreigners. I, along with everyone else never had a "thanks" or "good job" the entire time of employment. Its too bad that most centers are like this and I'm told mine wasn't the worst of them. How pitiful.
Please do yourself a favour and find a job where you are appreciated and respected. It won't happen at ICR I can assure you. Good luck to all teachers out there. I hope you find the right place for you.
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was the pay like? Did they provide a room?
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Krakatoa



Joined: 24 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:20 am    Post subject: Beware I can Read Reply with quote

Plumpy Nut,

First how many postings on this ICR school are there?

They may offer a hotel room for the first week but then you are
on your own. It is expected that you will have your own accommodation
apartment or room with someone you do not know in a HBD unit by then.

Pay? Well, do your research on every thread on this topic and do your own maths. $3.5K for the first three months while you are on probation?

$4 after that! Accommodation, tax, utilities including transport, eating, the odd beer and entertainment plus what ever else you can think of.

Caveat Emptor!!

K.
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