STUDENTS IN SHOCK AS EDEN COLLEGE CLOSES WITHOUT NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE LEFT OUT OF POCKET AND OUT IN THE COLD
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS of Bray’s Eden College were left standing outside a locked school door yesterday (Tuesday) morning.
They have paid thousands of euros to study English there and students from all over the world expected to continue their classes on Tuesday morning after the bank holiday weekend.
School owner Fakir Hussain did not answer calls to his mobile phone yesterday morning and calls to the Dublin branch of Eden College on Burgh Quay were not answered either. Mr. Hussain is a native of Bangladesh, based in Dublin.
The Dublin college was one of a number of schools suspended from issuing visas to non-EU students following allegations regarding their practices.
The immigration authorities were examining allegations of ‘irregularities’ such as level of attendance by students.
‘Some people pay and don’t go to college just so they can get their visa,’ said one student in Bray yesterday.
Owner of the Bray building, Patrick Molloy, confirmed that most of the furniture and equipment is no longer inside, and that the property is once again available on the rental market. He added that he has changed the locks on the doors.
A woman from a host family in Bray said that she is still owed money for accommodation by the school.
A former teacher said she was told by management several months ago that the Bray school would be closing shortly. A student on the street yesterday told how the closure was a complete surprise.
‘ The manager said last week “see you Tuesday”. He told a lie. We paid already and we want to know about our money.’
Students from Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and other countries are affected by the closure.
They said that they have paid around €3,000 each for several months of education and accommodation.
‘ The manager said he will talk to us next Monday but the school is empty,’ said one of the students.
Shocked students outside a closed Eden College yesterday (Tuesday).