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O’Brien says government simply aren’t meeting needs of international students of closed colleges

12 May, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD during a debate he requested, called on the Minister for Education to address the needs of students who were registered in English Language Schools that closed.

 Deputy O’Brien said:

 “This issue has been going on for over a year.

 “A year ago, I asked then Minister Quinn to appear before the Committee to answer to this and now 14 language schools have closed in Dublin alone.

 “In response to this, the Minister said that they could transfer to other courses at a discounted rate.

 “This response displays a fundamental lack of understanding of the problems faced by the students.

 “Many of the students can’t afford to transfer to discounted courses, they are living in poverty.

 “The Minister hasn’t provided any clarification as to what options are available to students who can’t afford to transfer to another college, some students have already transferred course twice already.

 “This simply isn’t good enough.” 

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