Plea to find a sustainable solution for both School and Parents of Alice Smith

Plea to find a sustainable solution for both School and Parents of Alice Smith

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Alice Smith parents started this petition to Parents of Alice Smith School (JB and EP)

This letter summarises not all but many issues that most Alice Smith parents are facing, both locals and expats. While we may not agree on all the points, we acknowledge that the current way is not sustainable for most families. We seek an avenue where we can discuss and find a solution for both sides.

Dear Mr Schultz,


I have two daughters in JB, one daughter that was supposed to sit for yer A-levels last year, but didn’t and one that graduated a couple of years ago. That’s four kids I have and am putting through Alice Smith. I understand that we are in this situation together and that each and everyone of us are facing issues. However, some more than others. 


I am one of those that represent a percentage of parents that do not have the luxury of sidestepping education fees as we are not on an expat package. We work hard and to ensure that our children get the best education they possibly can, whatever the cost. And I believe that we are a minority at Alice Smith which of course doesn’t really concern the school as much as let's say GIS where at least 50% of the student body are represented by local Malaysian families. Or Malaysian students of mixed parentage.


As you must already know, the situation is becoming a lot more untenable for families that have to cough up school fees for the level of education that we expect but are not getting under these circumstances. One can argue that we are not getting value for our money and this cannot go on for much longer. I speak for quite a number of parents who have also expressed the same concerns and fears to me.


We have supported the school over the years, accepted the increase in fees every term and not really made that much of a fuss. We have done our part faithfully as parents and our children as students that represent Alice Smith’s finest. Maybe it’s time to talk about how the school can now help us families in return. How we can arrive at some sort of compromise so that we are able to sustain what is looking like becoming an unsustainable situation. The children are not getting the promised 'best of the British Education’. In fact, my wife seems to be doing most of the tutoring from 9am -2.00pm everyday with our 7 year old and following up with our 11 year old in year 6. And she has been doing this at great cost to our collective mental health. She was not trained as an educator and hence it’s more than twice as hard for her to juggle the tutoring that comes with distance learning with whatever daily chores that need attending to. It’s almost 10 times as hard for someone who is unprepared to take on the role of a teacher.


I am sure you an understand how difficult it can be for all of us and how we all feel that the school needs to engage us in order to find a better solution both academically and financially. We entered into a contract with the school and we have honoured our part. It’s now time for the school to do the same.


I apologise if I have overstepped my boundaries but I feel that there is a real need to address this issue immediately. Opening the schools on the 11th only to be shut down again in a week is just not acceptable. And if we as parents have to pay the required school fees, then we must demand that we get what we pay for. Mr Schultz, we do need to re visit this issue and find an amicable solution to help families that are not on big corporate packages.

 

 


Sincerely,

FAROUK ALJOFFERY

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