TBI’s Amazing Shrinking Business! (Part 3 of 3)

With TBI Sudirman closed and TBI Kuningan ‘downsized’ to a smaller and less prestigious address, it seemed time to talk about the elephant in the room: TBI’s shrinking business and the sclerotic management team behind it. In this series we have argued that TBI has now ‘progressed’ from the early to later stages of business…

TBI Now Takes Months to Get Work Visas for Teachers (May 2015)

Well, even for jaded, cynical TBI observers such as ourselves, we are surprised by just how low their fortunes have sunk. In recent weeks they have started once again advertising or teachers on online jobs websites, notably Dave’s ESL Cafe. There are now two successive teachers who have come onto the discussion forum and revealed…

Former TBI Kuningan Manager Interviewed (Part 2 of 3)

What did you make of the decision to appoint Nunu Pratama as manager at TBI Kelapa Gading in 2012? You had previously been his manager at TBI Kuningan. Well, I thought it was a highly risky decision because he had said to be many times, “I am lazy. I just want to be teach my…

TBI: A British Council Impostor?

A few days ago we announced the pleasing news that The British Council, already in Medan, will be opening schools in Jakarta and Surabaya too, opening around March 2015. This will provide another respected, reliable alternative to unscrupulous local operators such as TBI (PT. Titian Buama Ilmu) or (even worse), Rumah Bahasa, a rogue school…