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32 English questions out of 32

1 December 2020

What is health insurance like at Fairview International School?

Pros

It is an IB school, which are in high demand at the Asia Pacific region, to fulfil the IB requirement, they have to send you to various in house training which will prep you to be an IB teacher. They are also willing to accept fresh graduates with no education background to be the teacher here, which save you some money to get teaching certificate yourself as most schools will require at least a PGCE/TESOL to start teaching. Fairview also offers their employee PGDE course by their university (which come with some unfavourable terms), so this is something that you can look forward to as their employee. As mention by some other reviewer here, you will also find good camaraderie among staff which are all under tremendous stress.

Cons

Fixed-term contract Fixed-term 3 years contract for teachers with harsh conditions imposed, don't think about leaving the school earlier with or without valid reasons as they will not let you go despite giving months of notice and more often than not, they will threaten to sue you for breach of contract. On the other hand, they do not respect the contract, and if needed, they will find a various way to ask/persuade you to "resign" if that suits their need as evident in the recent June 2020 company restructuring process. Compensation Regarding compensation, most teachers are tragically underpaid and overworked as evident in their high turnover rate. The high turnover created a positive feedback loop as more turnover happens, those who stay will need to work more, and that leads to their burn out and leave, and then the whole cycle repeats itself. The school also lacks a clear and visible KPI system which means that your performance is determined by selected few people, and the lack of visibility leads to accusations of favouritism and favouritism breeds resentment. On top of all of this, the school also have a bare minimum benefit where their health insurance only covers consultation fees and limited to a single clinic. Increment Increment generally only take place during the contract renewal, and it is not guaranteed, which means most of you will get the same salary for 3 years despite the increased experience and responsibility. Professional development While the school give many professional development courses, it is mostly in house and does not come with a certificate which means it is useless outside the school and does not help to build up your resume. Many other international schools will send their teachers for external training which come with a recognizable certificate. Whilst in Fairview they will only send you for external training when it is near the evaluation time where they will need to fulfil specific professional development requirement as determined by the IBO and these training often come with an amendment to your existing contract. Workload You will have your very high workload on the non-teaching related matter as well as countless meeting that you have to attend. Management The management in Fairview also frequently involve themself the academic decision which bought some questionable decision and in turns increased teachers workload. Some examples are switching the middle school examination from E-assessment to IGCSE (which was reverted after two years), the plan to eliminate primary year 6 ( reverted after 9months) and finally, switching from an existing and well established Learning management system (LMS) to a new and functionally lacking LMS.

Advice to Management

Stop posting fake reviews here to boost your ratings, instead please focus on treating your employee with dignity and compensate them fairly and good reviews will flow in naturally.

On top of all of this, the school also have a bare minimum benefit where their health insurance only covers consultation fees and limited to a single clinic.

1 December 2020

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23 November 2020

Does Fairview International School offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

Very high expectations, but if you think that you doing this for yourself, you will not find yourself stressed or burdened with the expectations. IB is beautiful. It is not just content based but also gives opportunity to students to develop into more matured and reasonable citizen of earth. As an employee, I benefitted a lot from frequent training program. If you are a great teacher, the school does not hesitate to pay what you ask for.

Cons

There were hard times but if I look back, those hard times helped me to shape what I am today. So, no complain.

If you are a great teacher, the school does not hesitate to pay what you ask for.

23 November 2020

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26 November 2020

Does Fairview International School offer an employee assistance or workplace counselling program?

Pros

Gained a lot of valuable experience here, which not only includes own job scope but you get to learn other knowledge as well. Fairview will shape you to be an all rounder worker. Caring friends and good bonding with parents/students.

Cons

It will be perfect if employees were given more/better employee benefits. There's also plenty of work challenges along the way but we look at it positively.

It will be perfect if employees were given more/better employee benefits.

26 November 2020

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29 June 2022

Does Fairview International School offer housing assistance?

Pros

Good environment and surrounded by positive teacher and Not Management

Cons

Put all the teachers under pressure! No transport allowance! There’s a lot of things to do even that is not related to teaching.

Advice to Management

Please do take care of your teacher or else they’ll run away and give your company bad reviews.

No transport allowance!

29 June 2022

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20 July 2021

Does Fairview International School offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

Learn a lot as there is no job scope. You have to do everything and anything at any time including the school holidays with no incentive.

Cons

Too many to start with. Read those low-rated reviews, mostly are true facts. Don't read those 5-stars reviews, they approached former employees and gave $ for good reviews. Low pay & no transparent/proper pay scheme. If you are worth RM3k, they will offer you RM2.3k. No proper pay scheme such as what kind of pay you can get for how many years experience & qualification. 3-years fixed contract = no salary increment for 3 years. If you want to leave, it's considered as a break of contract, you'll have to beg them to release you kindly and it's very subjective to the management's decision. You must be able to negotiate and "act" well during the interview. Ridiculous workload. The management counts your workload solely by number, not using common sense and does not understand the ground. E.g. 8 hours/day x 5 days/week = 40 working hours per day. So if your teaching hours + meeting hours do not exceed 40, you are underloaded. You barely get time to plan lessons, mark papers. Poor academic curriculum. There is no fixed curriculum, keep changing even after so many years running the school. Big gaps among grade levels, subjects and also the content. No connection. Map the learning objectives and topics here and there, so students' learning is not solid. No clear progression of skills from one grade level to another. In return, students have a poor foundation and mostly will fail if they take benchmark test outside. Called IB-school wonderfully, therefore no textbooks. Teachers (mostly new as the turn-over rate is high and their pay is much cheaper) force not only to prepare lesson plans, but also the teaching materials such as PPT, worksheets etc with no proper reference and not enough planning time given. So, the quality is poor. Mostly from the internet but not proper published references. KEEP CHANGING. It's a family business, the Mr Chaiman, Mrs Chaiman, Mr Chairman's sons. Decisions always change. They have the final say. You can only nod your head and say yes. Especially Mr Chaiman, treat employees like slaves. We teach students IB learner profile attributes, but these are not seen in the management. If you like to be tortured in a crazy environment, go ahead with this school. Definitely, you will get what you want. Good luck to all the job seekers.

Advice to Management

Don't buy fake reviews, re-look at your issues, be respectful to your employees, compensate them with what they deserve

You have to do everything and anything at any time including the school holidays with no incentive.

20 July 2021

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