Hong Kong’s troubled Canadian International School (CDNIS) dismissed nine teachers the day before the end of the school year, Apple Daily reported Friday.
CDNIS has been plagued by controversy after several governors, the headmaster and the principal of the upper school resigned last year over alleged interference by the chairman of the board of governors in the management of the school.
The chairman eventually resigned.
The principal of the lower school and another teacher were subsequently sacked.
Former governor Herbert Chow Siu-lung, whose three children have studied at CDNIS, said the school handed dismissal letters Thursday to nine teachers, including an 11-year veteran, in some cases while they were conducting a class.
Chow suspected that the dismissals were unrelated to performance but rather were revenge for their stance last year during a heated controversy over the appointment of headmaster Gregg Maloberti.
Maloberti joined CDNIS last year on an annual salary of US$430,000 — more than that of US President Barack Obama — while his predecessor had been paid US$300,000 a year.
Chow said that while the school has failed to offer an explanation for appointing Maloberti, the board’s vice-chairman and head of the selection committee, Godwin Hwa Guo-wai, admitted he had known Maloberti for 10 years.
CDNIS confirmed that nine teachers did not have their contracts renewed, without giving an explanation.
It said there will be adequate teaching staff for the new school term beginning August.
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