The APAX Leaders English-language center system announced on Tuesday a plan to reopen 74 centers nationwide, including 24 in Ho Chi Minh City, by June after recent tuition scam scandals while the municipal Department of Education and Training denied receiving any document regarding the reopening from the firm.
A representative of APAX Leaders told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that over 30 of its centers are ready to welcome back students this month.
A total of 38 centers will resume operation in March, including 13 in Hanoi, four in Ho Chi Minh City, and the rest in Hai Phong City, Da Nang City, Nghe An Province, Quang Binh Province, Binh Duong Province, and Dong Nai Province.
Sixteen more APAX Leaders centers will be back active across Vietnam in May, including six more in Ho Chi Minh City.
Another 20 branches will follow suit in June, increasing the number of reopened centers to 74.
Fourteen of the centers set to come back on stream in June are in Ho Chi Minh City.
The announcement of the plan came amid accusations of employee salary debt and tuition fee scams against APAX Leaders that have surfaced on social media and have been reported on by the press since September last year.
Accounts given by many parents to Tuoi Tre detailed that APAX Leaders centers in different cities and provinces had collected tuition fees for long-term courses but failed to provide classes.
Many former employees also accused the chain of failing to pay their salaries.
Regarding these controversies, the APAX Leaders representative stated that the firm’s leaders met the parents in person and offered to refund tuition fees per their requests via bank guarantees.
Meanwhile, Ho Tan Minh, chief of office of the Ho Chi Minh Department of Education and Training, told Tuoi Tre later on Tuesday that the department has yet to receive any document on the subject of the resumption of 24 APAX Leaders centers in the city as claimed by the firm.
On the same day, the APAX Leaders center on Truong Chinh Street in the southern metropolis sent a new notice of further suspension until March 31 to parents.
T., who had paid tuition fees for her child for two years, said that the child could study at the center for only one day on January 3 since December 13, 2022 as the facility continuously announced winter and new year breaks and closure for restructuring.