Friday 19 January 2018

Ministers vow clamp down on rogue English language schools

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. Photo: Tom Burke
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

IRELAND'S international reputation has been damaged as a result of the continued abuse of student immigration by rogue educational providers, a minister has claimed.

The government today pledged a major clamp down on rogue providers in a bid give greater protection to international students.

A range of new measures due to come into force in January will restrict the list of educational programmes available.

A bulked up inspection regime will also be rolled out in conjunction with the departments of education and justice.

The measures come following the shock closures of a number of english language colleges which caused deep distress and inconvenience for international students affected.

Education minister Jan O'Sullivan said the measures are necessary in order to repair any damage done to our international reputation.

"Thousands of high-calibre students from around the world come to Ireland to study in our universities, institutes of technology, private colleges and English language schools. These students make a significant contribution to campuses and communities across the country. We cannot let our international reputation be damaged by low-quality provision or rogue operators. These reforms are crucial to ensuring that only those providers which can offer the highest standards can attract international students," she said at a press conference in government buildings.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said an enhanced inspection regime will be rolled out in a bid to educational quality and immigration compliance.

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