TBI Now Widely Loathed by Its Own Staff

The leaks from TBI Jakarta continue to be almost unbelievably negative. The school closures, staff layoffs and pay cuts have taken their toll on morale. Even people who used to be tight-lipped and careful are now heard complaining openly about how badly managed and unjust TBI is. Indonesia is a hierarchical society. People are often…

TBI: Where Teachers “Almost” Have Qualifications!

One of ┬áthe many problems with TBI is that it is a bubble of similarly deluded individuals. It always was. It is a place where people tell themselves that their extraordinarily low standards are actually the benchmark for the whole industry! Their delusions of grandeur are nowhere more in evidence than when it comes to…

Meet the New TBI Director: Windiaprana Ramelan

Over the past few months, we have argued that with the ousting of TBI’s wretched old Director, the hapless and useless Ibu Mariam Kartikatrensi, the victory of her main rival, Ibu Nng Anhar, was complete. For many years, the shady yayasan (charity) USG had been the domain of Ibu Ning, while Mariam had thrown her…

TBI: The Sick Man of Indonesian TEFL (Part 2 of 3)

This blog has always been based on a simple proposition: TBI (The British Institute) is a fraudulent, delusional and rapidly declining company which is the sick man of the Indonesian TEFL industry. Over the past several years we have attempted to document in its decline by compiling and cross-checking all the information we have accrued…

Photos of the Defunct TBI Kuningan

Here are some photos of the empty premises of the former TBI Kuningan. TBI has now been forced to abandon its flagship school in Jakarta, hot on the heels of having to close TBI Sudirman because it couldn’t afford the rent there. They really are going through a rough patch, as we have been telling…

TBI’s Rent-Seekers and the Real Reason for Mariam’s Ouster (Part 4 of 4)

In this final part of this four part series of posts on TBI’s organizational structure- one which we have shown has been plagued by rent-seeking practices which have sapped the energy and competitiveness of the company from the start- we look at the real reasons for Mariam’s ouster in late 2015. Why was the TBI…