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HCT - Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College, Al Ain

 
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Mwalimu



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject: HCT - Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College, Al Ain Reply with quote

http://www.eslcafe.com/joblist/index.cgi?read=26892

Anybody thinking about applying for one these HCT jobs at Khalifa Air College is seriously advised to think again.

The long and the short of it is that the department has been in an increasing state of disarray ever since a certain MOD EDIT took over as Supervisor of the HCT Military Languages Programme in Aug 2011. Within a few weeks of her appointment, she had totally antagonised her whole teaching team - an antagonism which from the word go was intense, instantaneous and uniform across the whole teaching team. As the year progressed, the feeling went from bad to worse: she brooked no opposition, and by the end of the year (June 2012) she terminated the contracts of SIX long standing teachers with good track records at HCT (i.e. half the teaching team).

The department has been short staffed for the last six months, with the result that classes get doubled up, or just don't get taught, and two teachers have been absent for substantial periods over the past term, undergoing treatment for clinical depression. Most of those who have been recruited on casual contracts are getting out as fast as they can go, and those who are there on regular HCT contracts are mostly trying to get transfers to other HCT departments.

The chances of any improvement in the situation are pretty slim as student numbers are set to rise again in March, but they haven't even got enough teachers to cover the existing classes.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's just say that like most tales like this, the opinions of the OP are not shared by everyone. The way I hear the story is that the new Supervisor was brought in because the program had turned into a complete disaster, and while some teachers weren't happy to see her, others were thrilled to see someone come in to fix the existing issues. While Mwalimu speaks for his or her self, not "all teachers" agree with his/her opinions here. There are teachers who think the new supervisor is doing a good job trying to fix a terrible mess that wasn't caused by her.

Yes, there are a couple teachers suffering from clinical depression, but it is hard to say whether they brought these problems with them or were caused by the job. IMHO the Gulf, and in particular HCT, is not the place for someone who is borderline depressive. Too much pressure... As I understand, they are getting help and/or moving on...

There is a version of the tale that the teachers terminated were those with serious issues of NOT teaching their courses... doing nothing but show videos and allow the students to cheat blatantly. Naturally allowing the students to run the show meant that the results were not what HCT wanted to see.

Anyone applying should understand that they are going into a department with serious issues that is in the process of re-organization. Yup... it is a mess and will likely take a year or so before it improves. So, only accept a job there if you want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Like all HCT jobs, it is good pay and benefits, but any applicant must decide whether to take a risk to get the rewards.

VS
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, fast-tracked out the place for showing a few videos!? That would dislodge most ESL teachers in the Gulf, if not all of us!!

And as VS has stated, people with mental problems don't go looking to work in the Gulf. In other words, it's clearly a result of the situation at work in this case.

Meanwhile, the following piece of info has also appeared on a certain blog.

One could go on for ever about this woman. One big complaint was the disgraceful way in which she conducted the PEP evaluations last academic year, walking into classrooms unannounced for maybe 10 mins at a time, with neither pre-observation nor post-observation discussion, then writing up a series of half-truths and subjective value judgements at the end of it all.

One teacher even got assessed on the basis of a class that he had been asked to take at less than 1 hrs notice, substituting for an absent teacher, and using the material that the absent teacher had asked him to teach. Would you believe, he signed his agreement at the end of the report - and got to keep his job.

Any who didn't sign had their contracts terminated - and 5 of them out of 6 were males. That's important, as she is clearly a male-hater. In her personal blog she proudly announces herself as a 'single mom', and it's easy to imagine why.

The staff who are still there are scared stiff to say or do anything for fear that they too might lose their jobs. Clearly it's a place to avoid, and no decent teacher would want to work under such a self-deluding tyrant.


Don't say we didn't warn you!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

republocrat wrote:
And as VS has stated, people with mental problems don't go looking to work in the Gulf. In other words, it's clearly a result of the situation at work in this case.

Ummm... no... I didn't say anything of the kind. Please read my post. I would guess that neither of us knows the mental conditions of these teachers prior to their jobs at HCT. They could very well have arrived with depression problems and anyone who has been around the Gulf for awhile knows that there are plenty of teachers with various mental issues that should never have taken jobs there.

We've even had posters here who were in the process of going to the Gulf and were asking if their normal medications would be easily available there. We regulars normally recommend that they reconsider.

I expect that blog was written by one or more of the fired teachers who naturally don't much like the woman who fired them. As I said, there are other teachers who support the actions taken by the new supervisor.

VS
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melt



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: KBZAC Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
Let's just say that like most tales like this, the opinions of the OP are not shared by everyone. The way I hear the story is that the new Supervisor was brought in because the program had turned into a complete disaster, and while some teachers weren't happy to see her, others were thrilled to see someone come in to fix the existing issues. While Mwalimu speaks for his or her self, not "all teachers" agree with his/her opinions here. There are teachers who think the new supervisor is doing a good job trying to fix a terrible mess that wasn't caused by her.

Yes, there are a couple teachers suffering from clinical depression, but it is hard to say whether they brought these problems with them or were caused by the job. IMHO the Gulf, and in particular HCT, is not the place for someone who is borderline depressive. Too much pressure... As I understand, they are getting help and/or moving on...

There is a version of the tale that the teachers terminated were those with serious issues of NOT teaching their courses... doing nothing but show videos and allow the students to cheat blatantly. Naturally allowing the students to run the show meant that the results were not what HCT wanted to see.

Anyone applying should understand that they are going into a department with serious issues that is in the process of re-organization. Yup... it is a mess and will likely take a year or so before it improves. So, only accept a job there if you want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Like all HCT jobs, it is good pay and benefits, but any applicant must decide whether to take a risk to get the rewards.

VS



I have a fair idea who 'VS' is; Mr. Prezi/wiki/navy-man, who drives down from AD. Btw, how's the flu?

VS is quite deluded (at best!) if he feels that ymA is getting a raw deal. ymA is psychotic (with a dash of catatonia), paranoid, incompetent, arrogant, evil etc., etc. She practically 'delegates' all her work to the already 'stretched to breaking point' team, making the journey to KBZAC rarely, she is already PNG at the naval base; one of her erstwhile responsibilities! HRH prefers to send bloated, abstruse, patronising and contradictory diktats via email. God forbid that she ever teaches a class! That would be far too taxing for her! Her teaching 'skills' when put into practice for a few minutes on the odd occasion, has left a lot to be desired.

I find VS's pathetic downplaying of the depression suffered by some of the staff to be insensitive at best. Due to the constant bullying (which Captain Bligh would be mighty proud of!) by the 'wicked witch (the 'w' in the second word should be pronounced as 'b') and the abuse of her post, obviously those who need this job to look after their families would be put under an inordinate strain. Earlier this year teachers were forced to teach 2 classes SIMULTANEOUSLY!

Anyway! Once upon a time the KBZAC gig was a dream. Nice hours (home by c. 13:00, 06:30 start;-'ymA' has a deluded notion that somehow the staff at KBZAC are 'part-timers!), loads of time off, good salary, esprit de corps etc. etc. then the 'wicked (b)witch' parked her broomstick on the runway.

Contributing openly on atheist/agnostic blogs and not even bothering to hide her identity, in a clear and open breach of HCT guidelines and policies, is another (she doesn't just torture teachers!) of her favourite pastimes. She also proudly proclaims on her own blog that she 'left' (read: 'did a runner on') her other half soon after her daughter was born! What a catch!

Sunday 18th Nov. was a crucial day, being the penultimate day of the final exams, as well as the designated (by her) day for an important staff meeting to 'plan ahead' for the new academic year in January 2013. Guess what meeting cancelled and HRH doesn't turn up! Surprise, surprise! Perhaps she couldn't face the staff whose livelihoods she had wrecked, causing distress to them and their families in the process? Then again, which is probably the case, as last weekend was a 3-day one, the w(b)w went hiking. Probably she was just plain too tired/lazy to come to a 'silly little meeting'! However, staff have been known to be harassed by text and emails from her whilst they were ill, because unless one is dead (or near enough) they should still be able to do theirs and her work!

Ultimately the blame lies with HCT, how can they allow such a modus operandi? Another of the w(b)w's lovely and awe-inspiring character traits is her propensity for lying through her back teeth! Thankfully an investigation is now (finally!) underway by HCT. However, this is way too late for those who have lost their jobs and have had their reputations tarnished by a genuinely malignant, conceited, despotic, narcissistic and hubris-ridden being.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:01 am    Post subject: Re: KBZAC Reply with quote

melt wrote:
I have a fair idea who 'VS' is; Mr. Prezi/wiki/navy-man, who drives down from AD. Btw, how's the flu?

Laughing Laughing Are you new here? Apparently so, as any of the regular readers are well aware that it is no secret that I am a female... retired in the US.

What I do have is lots of friends who are still teaching all over the Gulf - including Al-Ain. They prefer to remain anonymous and avoid people like you who would try to play the "name and insult" game with them because they don't agree with your opinion.

VS
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