Landlord dispute to delay teacher fees at Gems's OOEHS Fujairah
Legal dispute has led to the 'freezing of the school's bank accounts and prohibition of access to the cash room'
Dubai-headquartered Gems Education's Our Own English High School (OOEHS) in Fujairah will reportedly not be able to pay teacher salaries in July due to a legal dispute with the school's landlord, effectively preventing it from accessing "sufficient funds to pay all of its liabilities".
A letter sent to teachers by school authorities said the dispute had led to the "freezing of the school’s bank accounts and the prohibition of access to the cash room”.
According to Construction Week's sister title Arabian Business, Gems Education said the landlord dispute had been ongoing since March 2018.
In a statement cited by the report, Gems Education added: “Unfortunately, actions by the landlord have resulted in many administrative disruptions at the school, including the prohibition of access to funds. Despite this, we have paid staff salaries for June as usual.
“We are working vigorously to try to resolve the dispute with the landlord through legal and other avenues so that we can resume normal operations. As the matter is sub-judice we cannot comment any further at this time,” the report added.