STU­DENTS IN SHOCK AS EDEN COL­LEGE CLOSES WITH­OUT NO­TICE

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL STU­DENTS ARE LEFT OUT OF POCKET AND OUT IN THE COLD

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FOG­A­RTY

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).

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