ELEVEN staff from Woodford International School were made redundant Wednesday last week due to the financial situation currently experienced by the school.
A source within Woodford International School told Solomon Star that those made redundant include one teacher, two teaching assistants, five ancillary staff and three admin staff.
The source said the main reason was because of the huge decline in students enrolment this year.
“Upon receiving their letters, the staff were told that the reason for the action made by the school was due to the current financial crisis within the school,” the source said.
However, the source said this explanation did not go down well with the 11 staff.
“They are not satisfied with the decision made by the school and are now seeking advice from the Labour Division,” the source said.
In a press statement early this week, Woodford International School said the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands planned exit has contributed to the declining enrolment numbers at the school.
It said the school enrollment numbers reached its peak in 2014 but over the last three years the numbers decline.
“Investigation has indicated that this is a trend resulting from less expatriate families being recruited to Honiara and current families departing, some of which has been influenced by the draw-down of RAMSI and subsequent changes for supporting businesses,” the school statement said.
Meanwhile, an annual general meeting for all parents and guardians will be held on Thursday March 30th.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA