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The Gunma Kokusai Academy, or GKA, is a private school in Ōta, Gunma, Japan, combining elementary school and secondary school education from grades 1 to 12 with an English language immersion programme The Gunma Kokusai Academy, or GKA, provides a landmark education system of English immersion program, where the medium of instructions for all subjects except Japanese and Social Studies is English. After seven years of the establishment, GKA certainly achieves success in fostering students with a strong command of the English language. The average score of TOEIC of the junior high school students was 550 points while three marked more than 900 points
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Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
1.0
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0.5
School Facilities 
 
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0.5
General Happiness of Students 
 
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Reviewed by tomberenger January 01, 2015

Gunma Kokusai Academy, not really worth it

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
January 12, 2012
How many years have you worked at this school?
2
Approximate monthly salary
3,00
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
25
Other benefits included in the package
  • Medical insurance
  • Pension contribution
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Always
Payscale transparency
Satisfactory
Competency of management
Awful
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
Medium
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Very low
Professional development opportunities
Awful
Career progression opportunities
Awful
Parental Support
Awful
Special needs support
Awful
EFL support
Awful
Overall job satisfaction
Completely dissatisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
The major plus points is that IB teachers rule the school and if you teach an IB subject, what you do isn't really teaching; it's more like like chatting and gabbing with your smart students who will pass the IB exams in spite of everyone there. If you teach and IB class, you have almost no students, even after a 12 year history of the school, the students are so weak, they have very few IB worthy students, that most IB classes have less than a handful of students. But since there are always smart students at every school, those are the only ones in the IB classes.
The other major plus point is that you get paid on-time.

What areas do you feel are in need of development?
There is no real leadership at the school. The VP and IB coordinator were fired, after I had left, due to their incompetence and just abysmal leadership. I have never seen an IB coordinator badmouth and put down the Principal of the school he worked at. It is unheard of. Real unprofessional.
There is no professional development at the school yet everyone walks around like they just won the Teacher of the Year award.
There are no sports teams.
There is no cafeteria.
You have to pay for your own parking at the school you work at.
Very little office support.
Too many personality conflicts.
No one really cares to work together as a team.
No one has thoughts about working long-term at the school, except for people with no where else to go.
For regular blokes, the teaching load is way higher than other IB teachers. You have like 24 students a class, while IB teachers have 2 or 3. So be prepared to work your ass off while the IB teachers clown around in the office.
No camaraderie, or any special incentives for any special days. No snacks or token foods at boring meetings. No feelings of friendliness from anyone.
Too many teachers just get up and quit. I heard that one of the Phys Ed teachers was forgotten about for days in his apartment after an accident, same goes or the Music teacher. It is reprehensible the way they treat teachers.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Teach IB and your schedule is far better than if you don't teach IB.
I certify that this review is my own opinion based on my personal experience of this school. I understand that International Schools Advisor may remove this review if it is found to be in breach of the site's Terms & Conditions.
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1.5
Quality of School Leadership 
 
0.5
School Facilities 
 
3.5
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
3.5
General Happiness of Students 
 
2.5
Sense of Community Within School 
 
1.0
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2.5
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2.5
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Reviewed by VladSmirnov March 03, 2018

Champions in Mediocrity

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
August 02, 2010
How many years have you worked at this school?
6
Approximate monthly salary
350000 yen
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
8
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance
  • Pension contribution
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Always
Payscale transparency
Good
Competency of management
Poor
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
Medium
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Medium
Professional development opportunities
Poor
Career progression opportunities
Poor
Parental Support
Satisfactory
Special needs support
Poor
EFL support
Poor
Overall job satisfaction
Not really satisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
You are paid on time. You are generally left alone if you know what you're doing.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The school needs a principal that has passion and a vision to turn this third rate school into an international school. There is no enforced English speaking policy. Japanese teachers often speak Japanese to each other in the staff room despite the stated English policy. Students are reluctant to speak English and will avoid doing so.

There is a climate of suspicion and distrust prevalent throughout the school which stems mainly from the business director and some senior administrators. They treat teachers poorly when they fail to give them adequate notice. For example, a teacher was given two weeks notice that they weren't going to renew his contract, dispute advertising the position three months prior, unbeknownst to him of course.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Try to get on well with your home room partner and don't take the job too seriously. Avoid telling some people there too much about yourself as they are snitches.
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