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  • abusalam
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    26 February, 2007 at 17:57
    • Total posts: 5

    Please receive a serious warning about Raffles Education in Singapore. I just saw their job offer ad here in the job database, and I have had some quite strange experience with them:
    They are looking for an ESL Lecturer.

    After mailing my cover letter and CV, they contacted me by email for a telephone interview. The contact person was never in her office, and another lady told me that the person in charge had no telephine of her own. I tried twice in vain. Alarm clock No.1.

    Next, a Lecturer in my understanding is someone with an advanced degree teaching at least at College level where you may excpect to have relatively marture students to have in their class. Instead, they asked for \"maintaining class discipline\" amongst other things in their position offer profile. There is something somehow that does not seem to match. Alarm clock No.2.

    Finally, I checked their website – seems to be a Singaporian business with investment projects in China.
    **MOD edit**

    I do not say that Raffles Singapore is really all involved in this but I would not trust them a penny for all the indications I have. Thex are too much in business and investment, and I do not trust this to be a good mixture as an educator.

    So, please be careful and check them out before you send anything!

    Akmal
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    21 October, 2008 at 11:48
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    Assalam Alaykum Mr. Abu Salam,

    I guess you are from one of the Arabic countries so I am greeting you in Islamic may as I am also another Muslim (Alhamd ULLAH!!!!).

    I am writing to you because I also signed 2 years contract with this Raffles to be placed in Shanghai.

    They are asking me to come to China on a tourist visa. When I asked the reason behind it HR executive asked Shanghai GM to call me and he said that in order to apply for work visa they have to fly to Singapore for arranging and signing required documents. Therefore it is easy for them to get the work visa in Shanghai.

    To be honest so far I did not experience any suspicious things with them but for the tourist visa.

    But your Warning message has thrilled me a lot. Do you know any one who is teaching or taught at Raffles Education in Shanghai??? Does it worth of trying for?

    Any comments and feedbacks will be highly appreciated. Could you please forward your message to barglar2005@yahoo.com in case you encounter any problems!

    SHUKRAN!!!!!!

    Akmal

    Akmal
    Participant
    22 October, 2008 at 11:42
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    Dear Friends,

    Do you know anything about Raffles Education Corporation based in Singapore? Perhaps you know anyone who is working or have worked with them previously. If you are somehow connected with this Corporation please contact me at barglar2005@yahoo.com or just leave your comments on this website.

    ANY OF YOUR VALUABLE COMMENTS AND FEEDBACKS WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you very much in advance!

    Kind regards!

    Akmal

    Akmal
    Participant
    29 October, 2008 at 6:31
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    Dear Da Long,

    Thank you posting your comments on Raffles Education Corporation. Taking an advantage of a chance may I ask you the following stardard questions (if you are teaching in China) on teaching with Raffles Education Corporation? Although I was not allowed to contact teachers at the school I think these qustions are fine to ask since I am not discussing the payment rates and etc.

    1. Do majority teachers enter China with tourist (L) visa?
    2. What’s atmosphere at the school like?
    3. What extra teaching resources are provided?
    4. How do you get on with the Director of Studies and/or School Director?
    5. Do you get paid on time?
    6. Does the school fulfill their side of the contract?
    7. Does the photocopier work to manage a great number of materials to be copied?

    Thank you very much in advance! NOTE: Any of your comments and feedbacks will be highly appreciated.

    Akmal

    Badger
    Participant
    10 August, 2015 at 15:19
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    Da Long

    Ever heard of Muphry’s (not Murphy’s) Law? You might want to check your use of apostrophes. ;)

    Anyway, just because you did not personally experience the problems another poster described, does not mean they do not exist. Try looking up reviews of the company at various forums and a pattern seems to emerge. Smoke indicates a fire, so a more complete picture of what’s happening may be gleaned from more than one site. Try the reviews at glassdoor.com, for example!

    CFTU
    Participant
    5 November, 2015 at 14:21
    • Total posts: 45

    When this company used to operate in China they were always White-Listed with us with rarely a complaint. When they became inactive in China we have not heard much about them since. If they have reactivated their China Ops, someone please drop us a line at admin@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org The two placement on tourist visas above would be illegal and we wonder if the offer was really made by Raffles, or some unauthorized agent using their good name to make a few bucks. We will investigate. Thanks.


    Before accepting any teaching job in China, please visit http://www.ChinaScamBusters.com Know Before You Go and get a free copy of China’s labor laws from the CFTU (Just request by email)

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