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English language students must be protected - O' Brien

5 May, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following a demonstration of English language students that took place in Dublin today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien, called on the government to do more to address the problems faced by these students.

The Cork North Central TD said,

“This is not a new problem and we have seen numerous English language schools close over the past few years.

“This might not seem like a big deal to the government with their Ministerial wages, but a student coming from Mexico and losing over €1,000 when their school goes bust may end up in complete poverty as a result.

“Many of the staff in one particular school have not been paid for weeks and yet these colleges are allowed to continue to operate.

“The government’s response when schools previously closed was to offer them reduced cost courses at other colleges which is of little to no use for students who have saved for years and invested all their savings in getting in to the first course.

“Where are they meant to get the extra money from?

“This government cannot continue to allow cowboy language schools operate in this manner.

“If they are going to continue to operate the myth that Ireland is one of the greatest places to study English, they have a responsibility to ensure that this is true.”

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