Last week, we told you about the visa and financial problems that Shanghai Rego International School was reportedly experiencing. Things are just about to get worse for the beleaguered school because district authorities have refused to continue leasing land to it. This means the school will have to move elsewhere within the city when its current lease is up January 2013. Saladin Xu of Shanghai Daily follows up:
In response to the doubts, Shanghai Education Commission officials told Shanghai Daily that they have suspended registrations at the school for the past two years due to “various problems” that they declined to detail. But the officials said the school will not be required to be closed in the short term.
A marketing official surnamed Lin with the school said school authorities will publish an announcement on the school’s official website tomorrow, when the teachers’ tourist visas expire.
It is not known whether the teachers have since received work visas or are still illegally working with tourist visas, as senior school officials could not be reached yesterday.
A mother of a student who refused to be named told Shanghai Daily that she was quite troubled by the school’s instability and claimed that she was not getting any information from school authorities. She said school officials once told parents that the current issue was probably caused by a delay from the government while it was inspecting the safety of school facilities.
However an official surnamed Hua with the district’s Education Bureau said there were no safety issues but said the school probably will have to relocate because the bureau has decided not to lease land and facilities to it anymore.
Hua said the bureau signed a 10-year contract with the school in 2003 for its renting of the facilities, which will expire in January 2013. He said the facilities were built at that time to be a public school, but the area was not sufficiently populated to need such a school. The bureau instead leased the facility to the international school.
“But now a growing number of local residents living in the area are having trouble finding a school for their children, so we have decided that the facilities will be taken back when the contract ends and will be used as a public school,” said Hua.
He said the decision was made and announced with no possible alternatives, and the Shanghai Education Commission is now talking with the school over relocation issues.
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