Tuesday 23 January 2018

Language school closes for 'special holiday'

AN ENGLISH language school has moved to dispel students' fears after it closed its doors without warning, writes Laura Larkin.

The English In Dublin (EID) School on Merrion Square closed its doors unexpectedly this week for a "special holiday".

Students are concerned that the temporary closure could turn out to be permanent. Six English language schools have closed down since April in the capital.

On Tuesday, students were informed of the closure in class and on Facebook. The school administration has said that it is closing in preparation to move to a more modern building, and asked students to be "patient". It stated it would re-open on September 22 but has not yet disclosed the location of the new premises.

Attempts to contact the staff or the owner of EID were unsuccessful, but a spokesperson for the Quality and Qualifications office last night said that the owner had confirmed to them that the closure was temporary.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education referred to a recent quality assurance inspection. "The Department understands that, following an inspection of the school, the ACELS Recognition Committee made the decision to withdraw ACELS recognition from English in Dublin," according to the spokesperson.

ACELS is a type of quality assurance stamp but it is not necessary for schools to operate. The school has until September 10 to appeal.

Irish Independent

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