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CfBT's Oman Contract
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tipo



Joined: 18 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: CfBT's Oman Contract Reply with quote

Can someone confirm if CfBT has lost its Oman contract.
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balancedsentiments



Joined: 03 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard from people at a college they hired for until this year that they've lost that contract. I think they mentioned Bahwan CyberTek or GlobNet as the new contractor. I suspect that was their sole remaining contract.
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thegoodprofessor



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:25 pm    Post subject: cfbt Reply with quote

Yep most professionals do not want or need to be micromanaged.
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Sleepwalker



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have their offices closed down? I hope Rommel (the consistent best of a very bad bunch) fares well.
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David S



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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 2:57 pm    Post subject: Oman CAS tender reopened Reply with quote

I understand the Omani CAS recruiting tender (currently held by Hawthorn) has been opened and CfBT have been advertising on www.tefl.com for '16' teachers.

Applications are being 'forwarded' to the MoHE - make of that what you will.

I assume many of the Hawthorn teachers will transfer even though CfBT are offering an accommodation allowance instead of accommodation itself.
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Sleepwalker



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't find the ad - please provide a link.
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Tazz



Joined: 26 Sep 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any update on the CAS/ Hawthorn situation? Has anybody received a letter of renewal yet? At any of the colleges.......
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On2TheNext1



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 Hawthorn teachers let go at my college.
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silverbrain



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:26 pm    Post subject: when? Reply with quote

Regarding the awarding of contracts, does anyone know when a decision will be made?

Is it correct that at present cfbt hold no contracts?
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Tazz



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's be honest-these recruitment agencies have all the [lack of] qualities of the Japanese dispatch companies-they don't give a toss about teaching staff. Hawthorn for example, denies teachers any paid leave at all during the academic year-then doesn't even have the decency to inform their employees 2-3 weeks before the end of the year 'if' they are being rehired or not. Somebody is going to leap to their defense and tell me that they can't because the ministry, or MOHE hasn't informed them yet. So there you have it, two levels of incompetence and/or mismanagement that should indicate a major red light to anybody still thinking of coming here via the recruiters!
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silverbrain



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:03 am    Post subject: Hmmm Reply with quote

Hmmm, from what I remember there is quite a big break between Dec and Feb but you are saying that during that period you cannot leave the country and must come in day after day?
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Tazz



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Hawthorn staff,exactly that. No leave granted at all, while Ministry hires were entitled to this.
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silverbrain



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's shocking, a high turnover of staff I would imagine.
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Whatever will be



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I have observed (others may have made other observations), Hawthorn is not the only agency that forces its staff to attend work daily during the break - at least in the place where I work. Some agencies offer unpaid leave as an option during non-teaching/non-exam times. Two weeks off is thus half of the monthly pay taken out of the salary.

While the ministry hires do enjoy the paid breaks, they had to content with a 10 % pay cut, which the agency staff has yet to face.

From what I understand, most agencies will re-new contracts in September, when staff return from annual leave. A cut in pay and/or benefits is expected.

These days, staff turnover is less of a problem than staff reduction - those who leave do not get replaced. The work simple gets added to the remaining staff. Again, it's just a personal observation of the work place that I am in, others may have much better tidings.
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sushikurva



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tazz wrote:
For Hawthorn staff,exactly that. No leave granted at all, while Ministry hires were entitled to this.


It was actually even worse than that... we were told by Majali that not only could we not use any of our paid leave at all during January (when there is absolutely no work to do), but that if we wanted to take any unpaid leave then we would have to pay him around RO 60 PER DAY to make up for money he would supposedly lose from the ministry for teachers being away from the college.


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