Classes resume at 200 Geos schools

G.communication Co., which has taken over 230 of 329 schools run by collapsed English conversation school operator Geos Corp., resumed classes at 201 Geos schools nationwide Friday.

Classes at the remaining schools will restart soon, according to G.communication.

The phone was ringing off the hook at one Geos school in Tokyo, where classes resumed at 10 a.m., as students sought information about class schedules and made other inquiries. A female staffer manning the phone was still coming to grips with the events of recent days.

“I’d heard some schools would close, but I never expected the company would go under,” she said. “I also heard that we’ll keep our jobs, so I really don’t know what’s going on.”

Meanwhile, Mizuho Fukushima, state minister in charge of consumer affairs, said after a Cabinet meeting Friday, “We’ll keep an eye on developments so students can take classes without concern.”

Nagoya-based G.communication said students at 99 Geos schools that will be shut down can take classes at other schools taken over by the company if they waive the right to receive a repayment of their tuition fees.

However, Fukushima said she hoped G.communication would provide more details about its plans.

“Some students might regret waiving the right to receive a refund because they live some distance from other schools, or for other reasons,” Fukushima said.

Geos filed for bankruptcy at the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday.