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English school claims closure 'just temporary'

An English language school has moved to dispel students' fears after it closed its doors without warning.

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.

History

A group of twenty students who had paid to study at the Millennium school which closed in May are now studying at EID and had expressed fears that history might repeat itself after other colleges closed in recent months.

On Tuesday, students were informed of the closure in class. Anyone who wasn't in class that day had to find out about it on social media website Facebook.

The school administration has said that it is closing in preparation to move to a more modern building.

In a statement on Facebook the school said: "Our current building is nice and historic, but it is suffering from the ravages of age.

"It is not energy efficient, nor is it eco-friendly. We need to come into the 21st century

"We ask you to be patient with us in effecting this change. We assure you that we will make up any missed classes by adding more when we reopen."

The school said it would reopen on September 22 in the new building but has not yet disclosed the location of the new premises.

Last night, students were turning up at the school to a closed door.

Jose Gonvalves (36) from Brazil went to the school to find out about holidays and was shocked to find it closed.

"It's terrible to come to school and find out it is closed," he told the Herald.

"I'm very angry," the student, who had been absent due to illness, said.

His classmate expressed her concern too: "We are worried that we will be like all of the other schools but we have no information," said Maryann Moreno (24).

Speculation was rife among students yesterday but the number on the school's door and the land-line was going straight to voice-mail.

The Herald was unable to contact the staff or the owner of EID, but a spokesperson for the Quality and Qualifications office last night said that the owner had confirmed to them that the closure was temporary and that they would re-open elsewhere.

Inspection

Yesterday, a spokesperson for the Department of Education said that it had no information regarding Tuesday's closure but 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 for English language schools here, but it is not necessary for schools to operate. The has until September 10 to appeal the decision.

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