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English center will resume some classes

KAIEN English Training Center, which shut down unexpectedly in mid-December, will resume some classes this week.

However, Kaien, one of the city's biggest language training institutes, will not admit new students. It is expected to finish all courses by the end of this year, its Chinese partner, a training school affiliated to Shanghai Construction Group said yesterday.

The partner said all students that had paid advance tuition will be able to finish their courses.

It also said Kaien's teachers, a mix of foreigners and locals, will be paid.

Kaien's Irish founders, Brian McCloskey and Ken Carroll, disappeared about the same time the institute closed.

All five Kaien outlets closed in December.

Nearly 1,000 students had paid tuitions in advance and dozens of teachers were owed up to two months' salary, ranging from 12,000 yuan (US$1,750) to 40,000 yuan, or higher.

Some of Kaien's foreign teachers left Shanghai as they could not support themselves without a job.

Kaien's Chinese partner was ordered to take over the case, though it insisted that its contract with Kaien expired at the end of 2008.

The Chinese partner will open Kaien's headquarters in Xuhui District for classes tomorrow. Another branch in Hongkou District will resume classes after Chinese New Year, which falls on February 14 this year.


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