Dulwich school’s fate hangs in balance

PHUKET: Parents and teachers of the island’s best-known private school, Dulwich International College, are waiting with bated breath for confirmation or denial of reports that the board of Dulwich College in London has withdrawn permission for the use of its name.

All attempts by the Gazette to obtain information from Dulwich College in London, the Phuket school’s owners, parents’ and teachers’ representatives, have met with an unwillingness to go on the record.

However, the board of the London school met on Tuesday and the Gazette understands that withdrawal of the Dulwich name was on the agenda. A public statement about the meeting is expected soon.

Meanwhile, the Phuket school’s headmaster, David Cook, is understood to have been fired by the owners and to have been given until yesterday (April 15) to quit the premises.

No successor has been announced, but rumors point to Canadian Dr George Hickman, currently Director for International Affairs and Adviser to the President on Human Resource Development at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, as being the front-runner.

The Gazette understands that a row has been simmering between the London school and the Phuket school’s founder and CEO, Dr Arthit Urairat, since a visit by London board representatives to Phuket in February.

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