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Korea, South In Asia (School): Canada Maple International School (CMIS) - International School - South KoreaCanada Maple International School (CMIS) is an international school located in Incheon, South Korea.

 

Address: 202-116, Songdo Munhwa-ro, Beongil 28, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea.

Website: Canada Maple International School (CMIS)

 

 

3.0/5 from 2 ratings.
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1 rating(s).
1 comment(s).
2 helpful voted.
Phoenix Rising from the Ashes
5 months ago.
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I must leave a review to temper the misleading negative review previously left. To be fair there are a few disgruntled teachers who understandably are upset and are trying to take it out on CMIS. CMIS is in the process of becoming a fully accredited international school. I know the owners personally and I can say that they were caught off-guard about the visa regulations (as were the owners of other offshore schools, and even some in the immigration office).

The owners did not want to divulge the visa issue to the public because they wanted to first find enough teachers for next year before announcing, in order to assure parents that the school will continue to operate. I don't necessarily agree with this, but it was their decision. Former teachers who think they are being heroic by airing this dirty laundry are accomplishing nothing except spreading discontent, which ultimately impacts the students at CMIS.

Everyone has a right to post their side of the story, and there are a few teachers who obviously have an ax to grind with the owners. This same teacher (presumably) leaked the visa debacle to parents via Kakao messenger. The official word is that the teacher requested a leaving bonus because he had to leave Korea unexpectedly. The owners offered 500,000 Won, which apparently wasn't enough, so he decided to tell the parents that the owners are liars and cannot be trusted. True, if you are on an E-2 Visa you may not teach anything outside of ESL. This had only recently (April 2017) been enforced by immigration. To the previous reviewer, the fact that these "dishonest" owners gave you a job and treated you more than fairly while you were there has apparently been forgotten.

For what it's worth, CMIS has secured enough F-visas to continue operating, and Manitoba is fully aware of what has happened. The school is also NOT operating illegally since they no longer employ E2 visas as subject teachers. I work at CMIS and I can say as a current employee, that those of us left behind are doing our best to make this a great school for the students. Teachers who left are free to blame and name-call, but what about those of us who are here sticking it out? We are here trying to pick up the pieces, which isn't made easier by former teachers doing everything they can to see the school fail.
The pros
CMIS is moving into Incheon Global Campus (IGC) from fall, 2017. The facilities are outstanding and on par with any international school in Korea.
Management puts the students first.
Every effort is made to accommodate teacher requests.
Salary and housing are more than adequate. Signing bonuses each year.
Management is interested in hiring the most qualified teachers it can find, which is not easy given the current visa restrictions. They could've hired anyone with an F Visa but they chose to keep the hiring requirements as high as possible (teaching license and 2 years' experience)
The cons
If you are on an E2 Visa you currently may not teach here.
The owners do see things from a Korean perspective, which may not always fit in with western teachers' worldviews. However Western principals are given a lot of leeway in how the school is managed and (previously) who was hired.
Institution Location
Incheon - Songdo
Relationship
Currently Employed at CMIS
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
  • boboh 2 months ago.
    There apparently now are two criminal investigations into this school because they not only were operating under a hagwon license, but they moved the school to a building(s?) on a public university, which is illegal because the "rent opportunity" was not offered publicly to other businesses. The Department of Education said that they WOULD NOT enforce the law with regards to this school, which got a few people's blood pressure up. A little pot-stirring, a TV expose, and like magic the criminal charges are filed! Imagine that...
    The back-door dealings and agreements to "look the other way" by the Department of Education (A.K.A. corruption) involve everyone , including the mayor, so this is going to get messy. Very messy.
    My recommendation? If you are offered a job there, it's not safe now. It is going to get nasty, and probably very soon. Look elsewhere for the time being.
  • ffmich 4 months ago.
    Institutions that only have a hagwon registration are only allowed to teach limited subjects. Since CMIS is a hagwon it cannot and should not operate as a school according to Korean Law. Regardless of whether CMIS has E2 or F4 visa holders teaching, the institution itself should get proper registration before operating as a school.
  • mimi 5 months ago.
    Direct response to this post and how it is upsetting to find teachers willing to drop all their values to protect owners and their work positions. I do not work or have worked at this school at any time in my career. While I thank you for posting, I see this as a form of protectionism rather than a valid post on work conditions, some things do not come across as correct to me (reading between the lines).

    As, you said quote "I know the owners personally and I can say that they were caught off-guard about the visa regulations". This is an untrue statement as I know for a fact these types of schools have been warned over the last five years by the SMOE several times that they were violating the law, but these warnings were ignored.

    Thank you for letting us know that you suspect you know the particular teacher who posted the below review, as it clearly shows that protectionism is in fact in place. I personally think you are being delusional when you make a statement "Former teachers who think they are being heroic by airing this dirty laundry are accomplishing nothing except spreading discontent, which ultimately impacts the students at CMIS." Do you not think it might be that the teacher is informing other teachers of the conditions in a hope that that management understands the situation and hope that they make changes for better conditions in the future. Writing this review for me seems that you do not care of the working environment and will do anything to protect your position at the school without making waves for change.

    Your next statement of course the school is now "NOT operating illegally since they no longer employ E2 visas as subject teachers." Since all the E2 teachers have now been sacked, fined or deported, you seem to have no regard for them; the stress, loss of wages and the inability to work in Korea for at least a year. Neither do the owners care, as they have gotten away with it for years and happy just paying a fine. Hence, the cover up to protect the business from losing too many students.
    • LaVierge 25 days ago.
      Les autres enseignantes n'ont pas protégé une enseignante contre le harcelment d'un autre enseignant. Elles ont permis le harcèlement d'un enseignante.
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1 rating(s).
9 helpful voted.
Risky teaching position for E-2 visas
5 months ago.
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CMIS at first glance seems like a very well run, reputable international school. However, they are not officially recognized or licensed as an international school in South Korea and are operating under a hagwon license. Because of this, they cannot issue E-7 visas to their teachers, which is the visa that is required to teach any subjects beyond language conversation. Instead, their teachers were placed on E-2s, which only allows an individual to teach English conversation. This resulted in 14 teachers receiving departure orders from immigration in June of 2017, banning them from South Korea for 1 year. 4 other teachers received fines with the amount based on their time working illegally at CMIS. The directors at CMIS have done their best to keep this information covered up and hidden from the students, parents, and future teachers. Please be very wary when taking a job here. If you are on an F-4, F-5, or F-6 visa, it is fine for you to teach subject classes. If you are on an E-2, according to immigration, you may only teach ESL or kindergarten. Also, please keep in mind that as of the date this was posted, the Manitoba education ministry had not yet been informed of the situation, so it is uncertain whether or not they will continue to authorize CMIS to use their curriculum and issue their degrees.
The pros
Decent salary; good location and housing; good working hours; long vacation times; always paid on time; pension, insurance, and taxes are taken care of; wonderful students and community
The cons
The owners are dishonest, and the school is operating illegally.
Institution Location
South Korea, Incheon
Yeonsu-gu, Songdo
Munhwa-ro 28beongil
Songdo Prugio Global Campus 28
(Near Technopark Station)

The school plans to move to the Incheon Global Campus (IGC) in Songdo in August of 2017.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful

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