Date registered: August 4, 2016
Region: Asia (outside China)
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EtonHouse International Preschool is, simply put, not a place you want to spend time in.
As a parent, you will be promised the sun, moon and stars. You will be promised things about low teacher-child ratios, fantastic timetables, about the top-class education your child will receive. WHY? Because quite simply, Etonhouse is a PRIVATE International school whose sole purpose is profit and money. In fact, since they are now an IB school, they intend on increasing their already obnoxious fees for new incoming students, with none of this new profit being passed on to the underpaid local staff, despite promises made to do so.
Management here are hugely inexperienced and insincere and are widely known to treat their staff hugely inappropriately. The turnover of staff is high, despite alternative claims made by management. In fact, this year alone sees a 50% turnover of International staff, following 100% turnover in the previous year due to 'lack of renewal of contracts'. Staff are treated poorly, and none more so than Chinese Division staff who are subject to a 'bonus' system, which only the 'favourite teachers' receive in full every month.
In fact, contracts here are not worth the paper they are written on with regard to Chinese Law. Staff are disrespected and humiliated regularly, with 'Name and Shame' being one of the preferred methods of motivating staff. Respect for staff is paramount to motivation and morale. Authoritarian leadership on the other hand is most definitely not!
I expect to see far higher turnover here unless an overhaul of Senior Management is undertaken soon. As a teacher looking to work in Chengdu, EtonHouse should be your last resort.