Average Tenure @ ASK (high school)

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.

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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.


  1. It’s unlikely ASK actually tracks these numbers and reflects upon them when they consider hiring, firing, or retaining teachers. On the other hand, perhaps it’s good ASK doesn’t keep people around for long. This way new teachers won’t learn any staffing history.


  2. The writing is all over the wall: ASK is nothing more than a fleeting passing of gas, somehow still granting a high school degrees to privileged patrons.


  3. What institutional knowledge? I mean, I guess there is some sort of successive knowledge that is passed on and, without that succession, any new teacher in a completely new department is basically gonna pull their hair out, go mad, or develop disease from the stress. But teacher and curriculum support is already non-existent. ASK has for sometime been a novice circus. No longer are third year department heads going to strut around in their tailored suit and ties like they got it going on.


    1. Oh I remember those guys in the tailored suits. Always dressed better than any of their supervisors.


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