We’ve done some number crunching on the average number of years of ASK experience each department (in the high school) has in addition to the school as a whole. Brace yourselves…
The table below shows, by department, the number of years of ASK experience this year AND next year, based on which teachers are leaving.
Some notes on our methods: We are not 100% sure on all of these numbers. We are working to verify the start year of each faculty member. Several factors complicated this process: Many teachers leave or are hired mid-year because of the school’s tendency to fire people. Also, the school has had such a difficult time recruiting this year, they have asked teachers to return next year even though they were previously told their contract would not be renewed. *awkward*
As our fact-checking ninjas continually update and improve our data, or as the situation at ASK actually changes, we will try to keep this table as accurate as possible.
The fine arts department and world languages departments are basically being devastated, with no returning members. That is a lot of institutional knowledge that is being lost. Technology, maths, and social sciences are also seeing losses, while English and Science will actually be increasing their average tenure (however, these two departments had the lowest average tenure this year – they were basically the worst hit last year and now have many teachers in the second year of their initial contract).
The colors aren’t random – the colors (and asterisks) denote departments whose chair is departing. Yes, only two department chairs return next year. 25 KD per month may not be enough to entice people to take over these responsibilities.
Finally, we also calculated the average tenure for the high school as a whole, being careful to not double-count teachers who serve in two departments (the admin slash English teacher or history teacher slash math department chair, for example). For this school year, the average tenure of an ASK high school teacher is 1.80 years, and for next school year it will be…
This is truly absymal. A study of NESA schools found an average tenure of 4.6 years. The American School of Dubai reports an average tenure of 4.7 years. The leaving teachers of ASK’s high school are leaving with an average of 3.6 years of experience (22% less than the world average), and the numbers look like they will continue to decline.
Less than ten years ago the school was filled with faculty that had 5 years or even 10 years of experience at the school. If ASK wants to reach this level again, they are going to need to make some big changes.