English language schools: ‘Low-hours contracts, low pay and bogus self-employment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The English language teaching (ELT) sector is booming: over one hundred English language schools employ 1,000+ teachers, and the most lucrative schools are being eyed for takeover by multinationals, and even Russian billionaires …” (more)

[Roy Hassey, The Journal.ie, 19 May]

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How to strangle an export industry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit, now that is is really happening, is going to cause a major strain on this country. In that context, and accepting that we don’t want to steal their boots while the body is still warm, it behooves Ireland to take every opportunity presented to take business from the UK …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 April]

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Record numbers of foreign students studying English in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of international students are studying English in Ireland, according to the latest figures.Last year saw an 11% increase in language students, despite recent school closures. A total of 119,000 students learned English in Ireland in 2016, up by 11,871 on the previous year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Only 10 inspections of English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only 10 inspections have been carried out on English language schools despite promises of closer scrutiny following multiple closures and the disappearance of students’ money. A new quality assurance scheme, the International Education Mark, another promise in the wake of the scandal, is also delayed; its introduction is now ‘anticipated’ some time in 2018 …” (more)

[Caroline O’Doherty, Irish Examiner, 29 December]

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Language school shareholder accused of taking money out of firm

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Directors and shareholders of a Dublin-based English language school with 600 students has launched a High Court action aimed at preventing a fellow shareholder from taking money out of the company …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 29 Setpember]

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Dublin language school closes suddenly

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin language school which catered for international students has closed suddenly.Teachers and students arrived at the Dublin School of English on Dublin’s Harcourt Street this morning to find it closed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 September]

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Language student transported cocaine ‘to cover college fees’

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lucas Lima (25) would have received up to €3,000 for bringing €139,650 of drug in from Spain. An English language student agreed to transport cocaine because he needed money to pay college fees, a court has heard …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 June]

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Court orders three to testify over liquidation of language school

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has ordered three people to appear for examination under oath, to facilitate the liquidation of a collapsed English-language school that went insolvent more than 18 months ago …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 17 January]

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Fear of closures as English language school rules to come into force

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More English-language schools are likely to close when new regulations come into effect later this month aimed at tightening up the sector, according to industry experts …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Independent, 10 January]

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Lioncourt acquires English language school ECM College

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish investment firm Lioncourt Capital, which was founded by well-known businessmen Michael Tunney and David Andrews, has acquired Dublin English-language school ECM College …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Independent, 5 Janaury]

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Improved regulations for English language schools delayed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The introduction of new regulations for English language schools, aimed at tightening up entry to the industry, has been delayed. New regulations were due to be in place on October 1st. No new date has been set for their introduction. They were aimed at tightening up the process for assessing English language course providers so rogue language schools could not operate in Ireland …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Court orders Dublin language school to pay former student €800

Posted in Legal issues on July 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Brazilian woman was successful in having €800 refunded to her by an English language school at Dublin’s small claims court today …” (more)

[Sarah-Jane Murphy, Independent, 20 July]

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Minister expects more English language school closures

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she expects more English language schools in Ireland to close as reform of the sector continues. The Labour Party Minister said she and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael had jointly brought proposals to Government to ‘clean up’ the system …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 1 July]

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English-language schools shouldn’t help facilitate illegal immigration

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is finally attempting to clampdown on rogue English-language schools by introducing a raft of new regulations. The recent review of the language school sector made the Department of Justice conclude that while most colleges were reputable educators …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 27 May]

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Language school reforms to eliminate ‘visa factories’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Reforms welcomed by bodies representing students and regulated private colleges. Reforms to the immigration system for private colleges and English language schools will eliminate rogue operators and ‘blatant abuses’, the Government has said …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 25 May]

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High Court orders assets of director of Eden College to be frozen

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has ordered that the assets of a director of a third level college which ceased trading last year be frozen. The order was sought by Anthony J Fitzpatrick, the liquidator of Eden College in Dublin …” (more)

[Independent, 20 May]

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English language schools to be obliged to provide student ‘insurance’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“English language schools will be compelled to put in place a learner protection scheme to compensate students for future closures under planned new regulations for the sector, The Irish Times has learned …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Department of Justice plans reforms to weed out ‘rogue’ language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Justice has appealed to students and teachers working in the private international English language school sector to report bad practices, as it confirmed a reform of the sector was underway …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 13 May]

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Students told to get guarantee before paying language schools

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International students who want to study at private language schools in the State should seek a written guarantee that their fees will be protected before handing over any money, the Department of Justice has said. In a statement, the department acknowledged the escalating concern over the lack of regulation in the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Private college had debts of nearly €300k

Posted in Legal issues on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A creditors’ meeting of a private college that closed suddenly in Dublin several weeks ago has heard that the company had assets of €5,000 but it owed more than €290,000 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 May]

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