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Protests called over education cuts

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2468

Campaigners were set to take part in a national day of action against further education cuts on Wednesday of this week.

The government imposed a 24 percent cut to adult education funding earlier this year. 

The cuts hit students learning English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) particularly hard.

At the end of July the Tories announced a further cut of 3.9 percent. 

They removed all funding for Esol classes for students receiving Job Seekers Allowance with immediate effect. 

This will slash provision for vulnerable students and lead to cuts and job losses in colleges.

One teacher had £34,000 slashed from her Esol budget with only two weeks’ notice.

Many students need the English classes to access jobs, communicate with their children and access health services.

The day of action was called by Action for Esol.

Action for ESOL supports the 38 degrees petition opposing these cuts. Sign it here . Go to actionforesol.org for more information about the campaign

 


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Tue 25 Aug 2015, 17:09 BST
Issue No. 2468
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