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April 29, 2010

G.communication wants to hire more ex-Geos teachers

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G.communication has already said it would keep all of the employees at the Geos schools it is taking over and is now saying it wants to hire teachers from the Geos schools that are closing down. The reason appears to be that some teachers have left the schools that are being taking over because of not being paid by Geos.

Hideo Sugimoto, CEO of G.communication said: 'People may be worried because of the experience with Nova. In Nova's case, we took over some of their schools awhile after the company went bankrupt and we had to start in a situation where more than 1,000 teachers didn't have places to work. This time, we raised our hand at an early time. If it was a week later, it would have been more chaotic.'

The Japan Times reports that Sugimoto 'is also confident of making the former Geos schools profitable in a year, saying G.education will offer better services, such as convenient lesson-booking methods, than rival firms. "The (English conversation school) market may be shrinking, but there are needs and we will meet customers' needs," he said. At Nova schools, the teacher-to-student ratio is 1-to-3.5, which is "just right," he said. He will aim to achieve that for Geos schools, whose current ratio is 1-to-2.6.

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