Beijing BISS International School (BISS), which last year experienced a financial crisis and a teachers’ strike, appears to be well on the road to recovery, thanks to a deal with education group ETU.
The school ran into difficulty, which last year resulted in teachers going unpaid and the school lacking essential supplies, until the Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BEC) stepped in. Since then the school has returned to stability, working with ETU over the last two months, according to a report on china.org.cn. The report quotes Elvis Tan, director of BISS, as saying: “We will continuously work together to provide the kids, regardless of their cultures and nationalities, a better education and a better future.”
ETU was founded by consultant and blogger Li Yinuo, when a move to Beijing coincided with her son reaching school age. The ETU School has grown rapidly to over 100 students and a second campus in Guangzhou, but as an organization ETU has broader goals, centered on combining innovative teaching methods from around the world with the Chinese curriculum.
Of the partnership with BISS, Li said: “BISS is a respectable international school with a long history and proven track record when it comes to the IB [International Baccalaureate] program. We believe that this comprehensive collaboration between ETU and BISS will offer two different, but complementary, education paths for students from different backgrounds and with diverse needs.”
Randal Eplin, former Head of School at BISS, told beijingkids:
“It has been and always was my goal for BISS to continue to provide a high quality and outstanding education for its students, and this merger hopefully means that BISS can continue its twenty-five year tradition of offering an outstanding education for its students for years and years to come.”