Teachers stranded as GEMS International school shuts down - Daily Post Uganda

Teachers stranded as GEMS International school shuts down

Teachers at the Gems Cambridge international school in Kampala, are stranded after the school administration announced that it will shut down in December.

Parents are also under pressure to find other schools for their children.
The school administration last month announced that they will close business in Uganda and Kenya due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The teachers, who have been working at the institution in Kampala, said they have nowhere to go after November when the school stops operating.

A teacher who preferred anonymity said they have been asked to seek employment elsewhere after the school shuts down.
The teacher, however, said they do not know where to start since most schools finished recruiting while others are not recruiting due to financial constraints caused by Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are still being paid by the schools up to November when the schools will stop operating. After November, we shall not be paid at all and we do not know where to start from,” the teacher said.

The teacher added that they have been teaching their learners online during the lockdown and the school has been giving them full payment, but they are worried about the plan to shut down.

In an interview with the Daily Monitor, Mr Robert Lakin, the chief executive officer of GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala said they are doing everything possible to support their teachers in their careers.

“GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala is proud to employ 113 staff, of which 41 are teachers. We remain committed to supporting our staff wherever we can and are looking to redeploy as many staff as possible within the GEMS Education network should there be an alignment of skills to roles,” he said.

He added: “A total of 355 students are currently enrolled at GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala. We are working with schools within the wider GEMS Education network – notably Hillcrest International Schools in Kenya, but also schools in Dubai, UAE – to secure places for our students. We are also working with schools in Kampala to ensure continuity of education for all our students.”

In  a recent statement, Mr Riz Ahmed, chief executive officer of GEMS Africa said their campus in Kenya would also close, but said the schools were ready to offer assistance to parents and teachers.

“Students, parents and staff at the school have all been informed of this decision, and we will do everything we can to provide assistance, ensure minimal disruption and help with transfers to alternative schools wherever possible, including to the GEMS-owned Hillcrest International Schools, Nairobi, Kenya,” Mr Ahmed said.

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