Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Ged 'Misery Guts' Ryan - A Tribute from a Colleague

My thanks go to 'MoMo', an insider at the Sharjah Colleges of Technology, for this revealing piece concerning Ged Ryan. The cheque's in the post, MoMo!

Ged Ryan is one of the grey men of Sharjah Women’s College. He arrived at HCT Sharjah about a decade ago after a stint at a venerable institution of higher learning in Papua New Guinea, no less. He spends his days peering over a giant pile of manila files stacked high on his desk, in the style of a dedicated and conscientous employee.

However, do not misunderestimate the cunning ruthlessness of this slime ball. He does the bidding at the call of his master, boss, and mentor - Dr Evil “Mad Freddy” Farid Ohan.

Ryan openly covets his master’s job as boss cocky at SHCT, and he has been working at his doctorate for some years now. The man is no intellectual giant and some would say, not unkindly, that the day of reckoning has long passed him by. In fact, Ged Ryan has almost definitely missed his doctorate and also missed his chance at ever getting Dr Evil’s job, because new rules in place reserve the title of college director.

Yet this has not stopped the smouldering giant. He makes life miserable for the teaching staff by arriving unannounced at class times to observe teaching practices; at other times he simply summonses some hapless teacher to his office for a grilling. If Dr Evil carries the dagger, then he does his dirty little deeds upon Ged Ryan’s twisted and bitter recommendation.

So, if you are a new teacher at Sharjah, give this misery guts a wide berth if you can. If you have been unlucky enough to get entangled in his wicked web of deceit, been threatened by his devious agenda, or had an unexpected visit to your class, it would be well worth your while to keep a packed bag ready for any emergencies.

MoMo

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see SHCT is keeping up the tradition of sycophantic sheits in the tradition of Tiny Tim.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a stunningly poor disclosure!

He actually observes lessons unannounced? No way! Imagine that!

So you can't just pull your crowd-pleasing favourite lesson out of the bag when you know he's coming? How darstardly of him! How unspeakably evil!

Anonymous said...

What a wimpy hate blog.

C-block said...

SO your standards are slipping. Arch toady Ged is without a doubt one of the most loathed people at SHCT and this is the best you can publish? That he's got a messy desk? That he pops in to classes unannounced? Jeez don't you have any editorial standards? You should have told 'MoMo' (hmmm) to come back when he or she had something worth writing about. Such as the curious way Ged's going about collecting his data for his PhD for example. That's something new teachers here definitely should be worried about.

Suede Oasis said...

Can't win, can I? Seems that I'm damned if I do, and damned if I don't! Well, damnation to you all!!

Actually I shall be contacting 'Momo' for further info, but meanwhile --- there's nothing to stop YOU supplying those details.

In fact, I'd be extremely grateful for more hot poop on the guy who is apparently so despised that he has rocketed back to the top of punchinthefacebook.com after a short period languishing in the nether regions.

You know my email, dontcha?!

Anonymous said...

I can tell you for sure that you never need to send this guy two invitations to anywhere cos he has no friends to take along with him. And good for you Suede, don't get sucked in. Probably the evil one himself who is responding in his own miserable defence. What a tosser!

Anonymous said...

>Can't win, can I? Seems that I'm ?damned if I do, and damned if I don't!

Let's see, you got fired for gross incompetence, set up a blog that a 14-year old would be embarrassed by and are still obsessing about it after 2 years. Yes indeed, that does sound like someone who can't win or to be more concise a loser.

Suede Oasis said...

Erm, some mistakes there, I think.

1. I got fired for gross incompetence

Not the case. My teaching skills have never been in doubt. But HCT management goons do not like people who speak out and say the truth!

2. This blog would embarass a 14-year old

Probably true, as it's far too well written, features no slang, and possesses a lack of exciting photos. In fact, all my messages of support have probably come from those in the 'old fogey' age group!

3. I got fired two years ago.

Shame about the incorrect time frame. But I never expect HCT management goons to be precise with the facts!

4. I'm obsessing about it.

Not obsessed, just keen to achieve justice - which often takes time. And I can be here for the long haul, no problems!

But thanks anyway for your observations. I can always take the abuse that HCT Goon Squad Central send my way, and turn it to my advantage. It's a shame you haven't realised that yet, but nobody expects perception from you guys, eh?!

Anonymous said...

The latest from Dave's...
'I am one of several hundred teachers at the HCT who has just had his/her end of service pay greatly reduced with out any notice or fair reason.

Although the semester is not yet over, we were all told this morning to go home. We were told that the provost is forcing us to take vacation until the end of our contract.

This will effectively take 7 thousand dirhams out of my pocket.

This is a clear breach of contract but they seem not to care at all.


Teachers should be careful when considering the Higher College of Technology for employment. They do not abide by their contracts!

We are considering ligation.'

Anonymous said...

You can follow the thread here:

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=89719

Smart move, Tubby!!

Raja Karma said...

I've just advised The National about this. Expect to read about it soon!

Anonymous said...

there is always a hassle about money at HCT. They give the impression that money is no problem but either the hate paying or they lie about it. considering all the lies that I have been told I think they are a miserable dishonest pack of liars and I would warn any teacher against taking up their offers. They are in the main nasty and cheap skates.

Anonymous said...

'HCT management goons do not like people who speak out and say the truth!'

A somewhat pompous way to describe why you were fired, no, my pigskin pal?

Anonymous said...

So just why WAS Mr Suede fired? Any chance of enlightenment from you, Anon?

Anonymous said...

The word is Mr S was an unimpressive and rather self-centred teacher.

Rather truculent and relentlessly cynical. The role of students was to appreciate him and the role of HCT was to be grateful for his presence. In the end it was too much about him and too little about the students.

One incident where really bad collegial behaviour occurred was the final straw and he got fired.

There wasn't too much weeping in the classrooms when he departed. Apparently his colleagues were also able to contain their grief.

Ashraaf Ismail said...

Who is this apologist for the dismal HCT and why is this person so obsessed with denigrating Mr Suede? It is rather sad that someone would stoop so low and hide behind anonymous criticism of someone who has a reasonable gripe with an oppressive employer. It is very odd indeed that there are three similar posts extolling similar lines of attack on Mr Suede and it is not hard to guess that it may be from the same person. I was also humiliated and treated very badly when I was a teacher at HCT. There is no way of expressing your anger and disgust so I applaud Mr Suede for what he is doing and I reject completely the shameful attempts by what is obviously a sycophantic and bum licking managerial incompetent who is trying to buy some credits from the masters who line the pockets of this sad person. But do not be upset, Allah does not sleep and there is punishments for this sort of behavior.

Thank you.

Suede Oasis said...

Thanks for your words of support, Ashraaf - I appreciate them a lot!

Clearly the management goon above who is trying to malign me has NO idea who I am. I suspect it's the Claw, and if it is, I invite her to dig out my past PEPs and observation reports.

And my only instances of "bad collegial [sic] behaviour" were squarely directed at those 'colleagues' who would sooner stab you in the back than share their materials.

In fact, I actually received a generous handful of sympathy calls from close colleagues the day after I received my marching orders, and that was enough for me.

When The Claw leaves, they'll be dancing in the corridors!

Anonymous said...

Pity our Pig-Skin Pauper. Still clinging on to his PEP's as a last remnant of self-esteem. While the world moves on and people enjoy new opportunities, he stays in the same place, saying the same things, to whoever will listen. You are a huge figure of fun to many. To the rest you evoke scorn and pity in equal measure. Rather you than us. Still someone has to be at the bottom of the pile I guess. Enjoy your summer, we are all off to spend our wages and our overtime. We've no doubt you'll still be here on our return, like some TEFL tramp, sleeping on the streets and roaring his anguish when fuelled with White Lightening.

Soiled your pants yet today Suede?

Anonymous said...

Ok Suede O, so why were you fired then? Let's hear your side of the story once and for all. And given we're coming up to the end of the AY (a time when some of us hapless souls may well get our marching orders) it would also be instructive to know just how did HCT diddle you out of your hard-earned grauity?

Suede Oasis said...

Oh dear, Anon, you really are good at shooting yourself in the foot - guess you MUST be an HCT goon in reality!

I mean, first you claim to have certain knowledge as to my identity...

"an unimpressive and rather self-centred teacher"

"Rather truculent and relentlessly cynical"


...and then you admit you have no idea who I am. And a big mistake here too...

One incident where really bad collegial behaviour occurred was the final straw and he got fired.

Yes, that was your assertion - which you then followed up with this:

"...so why were you fired then?"

Clearly you don't know much about me at all. As for the comments about me being a down-and-out and unable to 'move on' with my life, they are instantly recognisable as the unsubstantiated and irrelevant comments of the ad hominem variety that people use when they have no argument left, and no facts to present.

I rest my case (and not because I'm a tired tramp!)

One question though, Anon. If you were robbed of your well-deserved wages in the street, would you just stand there and let your assailant escape? Or would you make an effort to get your property back?

Silly question, I know!!

Anonymous said...

>One question though, Anon. If you were robbed of your well-deserved wages in the street, would you just stand there and let your assailant escape? Or would you make an effort to get your property back?

Most well-balanced people, would be angry, but realise pretty quickly there was nothing much they could do, and after a while smile ruefully, put it behind them and move onto the next thing.

Not Anon June 10, 2011 10:24 PM said...

Seriously Suede - what were the circumstances that led to your dismissal? How did HCT withhold your legally entitled gratuity? People who might (very shortly) find ourselves in the same boat would like to know!

Raja Karma said...

No, Anon (2 above) - most people if they'd had their legal entitlements stolen would be friggin' angry and want to do something about it.

Only an HCT apologist - e.g. YOU - would just walk away smiling. Now that IS unbalanced!!

Not Anon June 10, 2011 10:24 PM said... said...

Yes, get that Raja. Now S-O, tell us more. What was the pretext for your dismissal? What did HCT claim you did wrong? In particular, how did they withhold your gratuity? If there's a week in the year you could share this with your former HCT comrades/inmates who are potentially facing the same fate, now's it!

Anonymous said...

who is this obsessive freak and why the heck would it want to know?

Anonymous said...

Well it is purported to be the whole justification for our very own hush-puppy's angst and anguish over the last 2 years.

Who knows perhaps he might have exaggerated a teeny weeny bit? Perhaps things aren't exactly as he claimed. Maybe he's a profoundly sad loser, who needs to be the centre of attention. Maybe he doesn't even exist and is a weird practical joke.

C'mon Suede not paid, it's your destiny that the truth will come out eventually. Better sooner than later then you can beg for our forgiveness. Because you have been a very bad boy now haven't you?

Not Anon June 10, 2011 10:24 PM said... said... said...

I want know Anon 12 June 2:02PM so if they try it on with me one day, I'll know what to expect. What's wrong about asking that? The author of this blog could genuinely help his former colleagues in need.

Suede Oasis said...

Happy to help - just email me on suede.oasis@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I think I can throw some light on this one.

Being forced to pass students who didn't even appear for an exam, making very robust comments on curriculum changes, criticising the decisions of certain supervisors, and then being stitched up on a fabricated charge of 'unprofessional behaviour' when the truth was the complete opposite - it was the accusers who were the unprofessionals!

All of these things happened to SO, and then they fired him and denied him three years of gratuity, citing the above 'unprofessional behaviour' as the reason for doing so.

Anonymous said...

For the record I too was a teacher at ADMC and I too experienced the ruthless and gruesome resignation process, not surprisingly I was ostracised and placed in time out, till the end of my notice period, my colleagues and students were so scared that they would not even dare to speak to me in public, seriously it was very taxing, as a career academic for 25 years it was undignified to say the least.
If you ask why , simply I spoke for what I thought was right, as a Muslim person, I found it difficult to comprehend the behaviour of these so called Muslims as it follows no human morals or values, it was certainly animal like behaviour, perhaps I would be offending the animal kingdom making such comparisons . I pity those rejects, ADMC management that enrol in distance learning and use their class rooms to gain postgraduate qualifications. Than again the HCT system will only keep losers and has-beens better still educated Arabs from poor nations (that qualifies 90% of Arabs) that have a hard time gaining employment else where in the region or their native lands.

Anonymous said...

"I think I can throw some light on this one."

Tee Hee Suede. Are you available for parties?

Suede Oasis said...

Oh yes, Rudi - especially your resignation bash!

Fanie van Niekerk said...

rudi is a neo nazi from stellenbosch university, home to the fallen rulers of south africa's apartheid era. he is very at home in the stifling and discriminatory surroundings of hct. this little turd has a pedigree steeped in human vilification and oppression.

Anonymous said...

I had a couple of chats with Rudi about four years back when I got canned.he promised to have a word in tubby's ear.earlier I'd been given an 'interview'with tubby,mainly cos I'd been killing myself helping out in two colleges-one in AD and the other the new one in MZ.They both promised to do what they could-and my ex dean even supported me.but they were a couple of crass hypocrites.
I will hear no bad things about Suede.to be sacked from HCT actually enhances anybody's academic reputation.

Suede Oasis said...

Hot news coming out of one of HCT's steaming powerhouse cowpats is that the current Provost is due for the chop, to be replaced by ... Dr Evil from Sharjah!

Watch this space for more soon!!

Anonymous said...

Yep, our director confirmed this rather appalling development today. Sees it as an outrageous conflict of interest as apparently Dr Evil still gets to hang on to his college at the same time! Said he was 'gobsmacked' why TK would let this happen

Anonymous said...

Wha't the deal with the Carrefore option?buy (one)villa get one free if you go to FUJ or RAK?is anybody taking it UP?

Raja Karma said...

HCT is now so desperate to recruit and retain staff that they are working hard on devising crafty methods to lure people into (staying in) the web of nastiness and deceit.

This blog has played a large part in putting people off. Long may it continue to do so!

Anonymous said...

Actually Anon June 2, 2011 4:59PM, good old MoMo almost made a decent point about the temerity of Ged turning up to critique lessons unannounced. And that's because it's a common secret that Ged himself has UTTERLY NO TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS and BUGGER ALL TEACHING EXPERIENCE himself.

Ged sure keeps it quiet these days but his initial degree was in THEOLOGY. Yes, strange as it sounds he was a pious little god-botherer way back, although he's now clearly taken the 30 pieces of silver and sold his soul to the Devil (or at least HCT's own incarnation of the Lord of the Flies).

To call on his own meager experience at the front of a class Ged pretty much has to go way back to his days gormlessly trying to teach keyboarding skills to the natives in New Guinea, when most of his time was actually spent trying to stop the students putting bones through each other's noses.

Some time ago Ged left his tracts and the jungle behind to go get himself a Masters in IT and join the (non-teaching) ranks of management. Now, as MoMo says, the intellectual giant is now apparently beavering away at a doctorate of some sort in the vain hope this will some day qualify him to be a director.

None of this excuses the fact Ged has NO PLACE telling ANYONE how they should or should not conduct a lesson, he simply has no credibility. Rather than a stunningly poor disclosure, I think that might have been the point you were trying to make, eh MoMo?

Soylent Greene said...

So he's hoping to be "Dr" Ged some day? Guess that's what he's been furtively working on behind those piled-high manila folders in his office, no doubt it would be a sackable offence if he caught any of us engaging in extracurricula studying like this during work hours!

Anonymous said...

Is it true Ged's 'fast track' doctorate is through some dodgy third-tier correspondence institution, a former Bible College that was once barely teetering over the line of respectability for accreditation puposes? Perhaps slightly more respectable than a degree from a PO Box, but only just? Maybe good enough for Sharjah HCT, but inquiring minds want to know...

Anonymous said...

Apparently somewhere south of the Grand Canyon

Anonymous said...

U of Phoenix...?

Ged, yeah scary sometimes but only rotten because he works for and legitimizes Farid. He's overrated as a goon, he's just the white guy with the brown nose to Farid's Armenian faux-Arab schtick.

The key to success at HCT is keep your head down and collect as many checks as you can. And that is what most are doing. Smoke and mirrors and fireworks and lasers, Oh My! We are not in Kansas anymore Toto! This place is like thru the looking glass...

Anonymous said...

Farid Ohan is an Iranian name.