Husein Lee’s International Language Centre: The New Fraud on the Block

It has been an astonishing few months for Indonesia’s crisis-prone language sector. Here are just some of the biggest changes that have occured over the past few months: Riswanda¬†of Global Bahasa has now disappeared after being released from police custody; Fenty and Yuda Sugama have vacated both their houses and gone into hiding, with the…

The Indonesian TEFL Scene: The Ugly New Kids on the Block (Part 4) Fenty Firdaus Sugama- The Corrupt Scion of a Well-Known Family

We have long maintained that the culprits of the language school scams in Indonesia could not have operated with such impunity if they were not protected by powerful people within Indonesia’s elite. After all, you need something like 30 to 40 different permits to start a small business in Indonesia. Yet these schools have mushroomed…

Suara Beberapa Korban Sindikasi Kejahatan Riswanda dan Fenty Sugama

toga butar-butar 20/5/2015 Kami juga salah satu korban dari kasus penipuan ini. Sekitar dua bulan lalu kami membayar sebesar Rp 6.700.000 untuk paket 2 bahasa (kursus selama 26 minggu). Tempat kursus berlokasi di Jl. Tampak Siring Blok KJE No 28 A-B, komplek ruko Mall Daan Mogot, Jakarta Barat. Sekitar seminggu yg lalu kami diberitahu oleh…

Puluhan Orang Tua Melaporkan Riswanda dan Global Language Centre Ke Polisi

Bimbingan Belajar Global Language Center (GLC) yang berada di lantai 4 rooftop Mall Pejaten Village (Penvile), Jakarta Selatan diketahui sudah ditutup sebulan lalu. Lembaga pendidikan itu diduga tidak menggaji guru dan menipu orang tua murid. Berdasarakan informasi yang di dapat Metrotvnews.com dari petugas keamanan mall, selain merugikan orangtua, guru yang mengajar di bimbel itu belum…

The Indonesian TEFL Scene: The Ugly New Kids on the Block (Part 1 of 4)

Since 2013 there have been a number of high-profile newcomers to the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) scene in Indonesia. Many of these have attracted large bodies of students, showing that there is ever more money to be made from offering English courses to Indonesia’s young population. We will focus on four language…

GLC and the ‘Bicycle Business Model’ (Blog Reader Post)

This situation reminds me of NOVA in Japan in October 26, 2007 when NOVA closed its doors to 1,000 schools without warning, throwing 5,000 English teachers on the street and hundreds of millions dollars in pre-paid tuition was gone. I worked for the doomed English school at that time and after years of bad publicity…

Global Language Centre and the Trash Can of Bad Business Ideas

There isn’t much to cheer about for the former customers of Global Language Centre, a language school in Jakarta which has suddenly shut its doors. An incredible 3900 students of this defunct business are now out of pocket, stunned by the news that not only has the school closed forever, but its former managers have…

GLC Claims Several Thousand Victims

In the end it all came crashing down much faster than we had imagined. Just a couple of days after we started coverage of Global Language Centre (GLC) on this blog, the chain closed its doors forever. The trickle of complaints that we had received about the language chain were obviously just the tiniest part…

Ribuan Peserta Global Language Centre Lapor Ke Polres

Ribuan peserta kursus Bahasa Prancis dan Inggris Global Language Center (GLC) Cabang Bekasi, merasa tertipu, karena tiba-tiba tempat belajar mereka tutup. Akibatnya, beberapa orang tua yang sudah membayar uang belajar dua bulan kedepan melaporkan pengelola tempat kursus itu ke Polresta Bekasi Kota, Rabu (8/4). Selain itu, beberapa peserta kursus juga ikut melapor karena merasa dirugikan,…