Should we stay or switch

Should we stay or switch

She took her daughter to the enrichment centre for her English classes as usual on Sept 15.

To her surprise, the signboards at the centre at Goldhill Plaza had changed.

Mrs Alice Lee, 40, who works in a bank, said: "The interiors were the same except for the signboards." The signboards read "My English School (MES)" rather than "I Can Read (ICR)", a programme that she had signed her five-year-old daughter up for about a year ago.

It was a term break then and the centre was closed. The following Sunday, she asked about the change and was told about a new programme and a two-week free trial.

The mother of two is planning to pull her daughter out of the new programme.

She said: "I signed her up for a product that I was familiar with, which is not My English School." Her elder daughter, nine, had gone through the ICR programme and has benefited from it, she said. Ms Lee is one of an unknown number of parents and children affected by the legal dispute between the ICR franchise owners and My English Pte Ltd, which runs MES.

Some of the seven former ICR outlets islandwide have sent out letters to parents notifying them about the change to programmes under the MES branding.

A former ICR outlet at Choa Chu Kang (CCK) sent out two letters to parents: The first one told parents that a few owners of ICR centres, including the one at CCK, have "decided to sell their businesses to experienced industry veterans".

The second one mentioned an ongoing legal dispute and a court order which prohibits the new owner, My English, from soliciting ICR students, teachers and staff from joining them.

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