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Stranded staff gets partial pay

FOREIGN teachers of Kaien English Training Center, which closed suddenly earlier this week, will receive 20 to 30 percent of their lost salaries today, a partial payment to help with living expenses, the Chinese partner of the joint institution announced yesterday.

Chinese staff and students were told to wait until the financial situation of the school was figured out.

Students can apply for a restored education program or a refund, though a refund may take a while.

The Chinese partner, a training school affiliated with the Shanghai Construction Group, have sent staff to the school's offices to record students' and employees' information.

"We will restore the education order soon," said a SCG staff member surnamed Yao.

Zhang Yi, sales manager of Shanghai Documan Information Technology Inc, which prints textbooks for the school, hurried to the scene yesterday to register a claim.

"The school owed us five months of printing fees of 73,000 yuan (US$10,690)," he said.

"We have had very good cooperation for three years. I learned that ... the institution's chief executive officer, had transferred lots of money to an education project in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, which caused the bad operation of the school in Shanghai."

The founders of the school have not been reached so far. The school's five branches in the city have all closed.

Foreign teachers said they are owed at least two months of salary ranging from 12,000 yuan to 40,000 yuan, or higher.

Chinese teachers' salaries were delayed even longer on average, though their monthly wage is lower.

Hundreds of students who paid for tuition, ranging from 7,000 to 10,000 yuan, have not finished or even received their lessons yet.

Foreign teachers were a little relieved by the decision, but said they still worried about the remainder of their salaries, as well as bonuses and airfares, which were included in the contract.

"We will refer to the labor authorities if the company fails to meet our demands," said a foreign teacher who declined to be named.

Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau reminded teachers to file labor arbitration within 60 days for the claims to be valid.

Workers can report information or file complaints by calling 12333, which provides English service.


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