OISE Young Learners, located at OISE House, Binsey Lane, Oxford, is a classic example of how businesses sacrifice customer quality for quick returns. The school has invested heavily in marketing for its ‘glory’ but this doesn’t mask the fact that it treats both its students and staff like crap. What needs to be done to get OISE to mend its operational framework. The worst part is that they claim they satisfy all educational codes and all building restrictions in an area as strict as Oxford.
The biggest claimants to these complaints are teachers and staff, current and former, who have often chided the school and its unempathetic stance. The school charges a lot compared to other similar schools, but the quality of the service they offer does not match the financial burden to parents. What are the impacts of this? It means organizations which are regulated by strict codes can bypass those codes through whichever illicit means. Does it mean there are no educational controls that are being enforced in Oxford? This can’t be true.
With all the cash that they charge, you’d expect that OISE would be able to pay its teachers well and built decent housing for its students. The franchise claims it has been operating since 1973. Those hostels have probably never been maintained or revamped since. Remember the London fire tragedy just a few months ago? This may be another tragedy waiting to happen. Much has been said about the management of the school. That they are aloof to the needs of their staff and ignorant to the plight of their teachers. How can one expect demoralized teachers to teach students to bring out their best under such conditions? The school loses only about 15 dollars to teacher wages per hour as opposed to the over a thousand dollars they get from students (figure grossly under-estimated). What is OISE doing with those kinds of profit margins?
Speaking of profits, where does the school take all the cash it collects from students? As an English school teaching a rigorous English language course, one would be forgiven to think that the school would try to embrace the multi-ethnic student body with the English language. The school has many Russians however and it is the most common language you’ll probably hear at OISE. Is there some sort of Soviet connection to the school that they are unwilling to let folks know about? Children from countries which don’t teach English or use it as a primary means of communication come here to learn proper English.
Again, why are the school’s services so expensive compared to what they offer? There is no proper accountability at OISE and the authorities are mum about the entire situation there. Parents should be wary of sending their children to this school, especially if you plan to enrol them in a hostel. Diligence is due first before you enrol your child at OISE.