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Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

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Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby kaikai34 » 10 May 2016, 21:49

http://m.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20160509/856850/

Too many kids. Like double what their max capacity.
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby aphasiac » 10 May 2016, 22:44

Actually 2 sites busted, fines were 45,000NTD and 30,000NTD. That's pretty pathetic, they'll earn that back in 2-3 days.

Also I'll ask again; why are Hess kindergartens not busted for teaching English to 6 and under kids? They openly advertise as an English kindergarten with English lessons in their curriculum, and they even have videos of foreigners teaching on their website. This is 100% illegal in Taiwan, and they're literally advertising the fact that they break the law, so why is nothing done?
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby Milkybar_Kid » 10 May 2016, 23:33

稽查時就把幼兒藏起來,騙他們玩「躲貓貓」 (hid the kids during the inspection, telling them they were playing a game of Hide and Seek)


They should quadruple the fine for that! :fume:
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby Charlie Phillips » 11 May 2016, 02:57

It's all about an early education in cheat, hide, and steal. The equivalent of the English Artful Dodger.
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby yyy » 11 May 2016, 11:47

aphasiac wrote:Actually 2 sites busted, fines were 45,000NTD and 30,000NTD. That's pretty pathetic, they'll earn that back in 2-3 days.

Also I'll ask again; why are Hess kindergartens not busted for teaching English to 6 and under kids? They openly advertise as an English kindergarten with English lessons in their curriculum, and they even have videos of foreigners teaching on their website. This is 100% illegal in Taiwan, and they're literally advertising the fact that they break the law, so why is nothing done?

They were also ordered to stop enrollment for six months (not that they'll lose much sleep over that). :roll:
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby Steve4nLanguage » 11 May 2016, 12:16

aphasiac wrote:Actually 2 sites busted, fines were 45,000NTD and 30,000NTD. That's pretty pathetic, they'll earn that back in 2-3 days.

Also I'll ask again; why are Hess kindergartens not busted for teaching English to 6 and under kids? They openly advertise as an English kindergarten with English lessons in their curriculum, and they even have videos of foreigners teaching on their website. This is 100% illegal in Taiwan, and they're literally advertising the fact that they break the law, so why is nothing done?

When I was researching jobs in preparation for coming to Taiwan, I wondered the same thing. So I sent an email to a supervisor type who was in a lot of their videos, inquiring about the legality of teaching English to kindergarteners. His response? "It's a gray area." That was in 2008 and it definitely wasn't a gray area.
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby Greikos » 11 May 2016, 14:20

The fact that the government tells schools when their inspection date makes it pretty easy to dodge officials. Not sure if they're in cahoots, or whatnot, but I think it is safe to say that anybody with power and/or money (ie: government officials) enroll their children in English speaking kindergartens. That whole Chinese idiom of not failing at the starting line fits perfectly for the whole reasoning.

Hell, HESS isn't the only school guilty of this; look around at all the different buxibans and private schools that openly advertise kindergartens run in a similar manner. I'm not condoning breaking the law, but the reality at the moment is that this law is outdated and nobody seems to follow it at all, including those who are enforcing it~
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Re: Hess Kindergarten in Taipei Got Busted

Postby scommy » 06 Jul 2016, 18:15

lolwut I worked at that school many moons ago.

Lovely school, hope it works out ok.
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