ASK Reviews: Essential Reading

When we began ASK Reviews, our goal was to post about the biggest issues affecting ASK: Salary, housing, child protection, and decision-making that had a goal of generating profits rather than providing the best possible education for students. As we have continued to post, we transformed from this to a source of news about current events at the school.

We want to use this post to draw your attention back to those original core issues. Below is a list of articles, grouped into categories, that we feel a new reader to The American School of Kuwait Reviews should start with, particularly if they are a potential candidate for employment.

Housing and Buses

The housing that ASK provides its teachers can be quite nice, but there are downsides, many of which stem from the fact that school administrators don’t necessarily make good landlords. There are also safety issues regarding both the buildings and the surrounding neighbourhood. Check out these articles to learn more:

The neighborhood where teachers are housed can be dangerous

Teacher Housing at ASK

More on Teacher Housing – Clean Up the Gym, Mr. Macho-Man and More

The bus company at ASK.

Seal your windows!

The Dunes is Falling Apart

Teacher Housing at ACA

Teacher Housing at UAS

Comparing School Housing

Salary and Benefits

The salary offered at ASK was competitive… once upon a time. ASK teachers went nearly ten years without a raise. The school increased pay with an entirely new salary structure announced during the 2018-2019 school year, but no information has been provided in writing to current faculty. Read below to find out more about salary, keeping in mind that unknown changes are occurring:

ASK has a contract clause that violates Kuwaiti labor laws

ASK pays less than AUS (American United School of Kuwait)

Salary at ASK

Airline changes: Low morale and another reason not to accept a contract from ASK.

We now have salary information for AIS.

Pay Raises and Bonuses!

Regarding the New Pay Structure

Indemnity Checks are Ready, Please Dry off From the Water Fight First

Child Protection

ASK has had many problems with child protection, including their inability to handle an abusive faculty member (who still is employed and has daily contact with children), and lack of a general transparent policy to deal with accusations of misconduct. Read more below:

Child Protection is Imperative

Child abuse in Kuwait.

Child abuse at the American School of Kuwait.

Child Abuse Incident Reporting Form

Faculty Protection Improves Child Protection

Conclusion

There are many more “essential” articles available in the index, but these represent a great place to begin. As always, thank you for reading the American School of Kuwait Reviews.

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