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Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Zealand Centre for Culture and Education in Gangnam, South Korea

Posted on the "nominate a school for blacklisting section". Any comments?

"NZ Centre for Culture and Education, Gangnam, Seoul South Korea.

Delusional management comprising of 2 Korean directors and 1 NZer that believe and implement slave-like mentality managment and employment practices.

The contract is dubious and potential teachers are misled into believing that they do not have to work more than 2 saturdays a month, working hours are flexible and initiative is rewarded. The management problems in this place are historic particularly since the employment of the Education Director who is a NZer. Management have gone so far as to make racist comments to pull staff into line.

Staff have been bullied to work on public holidays for marketing events. Staff who have resigned have been told they are not allowed to, fired, screwed out of their final pay, told that the management will make it very difficult for them to leave and they will never be able to return to South Korea again.

The management are using the NZ brand to make money and thats it. There is no NZ cultural program and the goodwill of highly qualified NZ teachers who either resign or do not renew contracts is exploited.

The employment and management practices of the NZC are an embarrasment to New Zealanders, what makes it worse is that it is endorsed by a NZer who sells out the teaching staff.

Unfortunately, this organisation is NZ Embassy affiliated and takes full advantage of free resources provided by the NZ Embassy on behalf of NZ tax payers."
Inspector McHammered of the Lard in Pamplona, Spain
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Anonymous said...

The Education director is nothing but a "Yes" man, saying one thing to the teachers and another to management.
In addition his views on ESL pedagogy are ill-advised and general pedagogy is outdated and ineffective.
No compensation for working public holidays - not even a thank you.
The NZC has so much potential but is spoilt by poor educational management and poor human resource management

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the previous post. This is a very disappointing working environment. The attitudes of management towards teachers and the treatment of them is insulting, clumsily handled, often culturally insensitive and completely lacking in a cohesive concern for what they 'claim' to be delivering i.e. education. I have never experienced such a nasty working atmosphere. It's a real shame as the caliber of the teachers is excellent (apart from the head teacher) who has difficulties with compulsive dishonesty, is completely unreliable and ultimately becomes impossible to work with. Don't be fooled by the attractive environment and the sweet talking at the interview. Just don't bother.

Anonymous said...

I endorse what has been said in the previous posts and I feel for any New Zealander who experiences this unfair and volatile working environment. There are many great places to work in Korea and this is not one of them. Respected NZ teachers will be mislead by dishonest management during interviews and deceived, bullied and insulted if employed. The contract is unfair and only binding when the employer sees fit. Any New Zealanders seeking employment in Korea should be warned and steered away from NZC.