TBI (The British Institute) was one a well-regarded language school which drew rave reviews from many students and teachers. But it has now become something of a byword for unethical management, teacher deportations, petty politicking, mafia-style tactics, cyber-bullying, visa rackets and, most recently of all, school closures. What went wrong? This blog pieces that together with interviews from teachers and managers who have been mistreated, lied to or even been subject to fraud and death threats from people like Binsar Simorangkir (the school manager of TBI Bekasi SunCity) and Luke Preece ( a roguish Australian who has an appalling record of coercing people to resign and pathological lying to his colleagues about his intentions and credentials.)
In here you will find interviews with 8 victims of this TBI Mafia and a massive amount of documentary evidence that TBI schools are variously hot-beds of tax evasion, sexual harassment, intellectual property theft and much besides. Fortunately, the chain is now clearly shrinking, with 2 branches having closed forever and 1 closed for 8 months due to being dumped by their joint venture partner, so the amount of damage they can inflict on trusting teachers and staff is now in decline. This website documents the truth about a rogue language school hiding behind a slick facade. It is also a cautionary tale about the dangers of what happens when the wrong people take over a business.
Since 2013 we have also been covering a scam-ridden language school called Rumah Bahasa. We long warned people that the owner of this school was a rogue called Frendy Horas who reneged on all his false promises. Our warnings were once again proven prescient. By early 2015 five different Rumah Bahasa branches had gone bust, leaving hundreds of customers out of pocket. Worryingly, there are now reports that Rumah Bahasa may have re-invented itself as both Global Bahasa and Language and Beyond. Both these schools are now using many of the same tricks and scams as Rumah Bahasa. In particular, they ask for large upfront payments for classes which are then delayed for months or never start at all. Buyer beware.