Stu­dents have been left in the lurch by col­lege

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I would like to add some im­por­tant de­tail to your story about stu­dents left in limbo at Ash­ford Col­lege (May 26).

Whilst it may be the case that some stu­dents have found cour­ses that they hoped to take in Septem­ber 2016 have been can­celled, there are some stu­dents who are part-way through a twoyear course who have been told the sec­ond year has been can­celled.

Whilst the col­lege has of­fered to let them take the sec­ond year at the Ton­bridge cam­pus, this will mean con­sid­er­able ad­di­tional trav­el­ling time and ex­pense for the stu­dents, and is there­fore not a prac­ti­cal op­tion for some, es­pe­cially if they have other com­mit­ments out­side of col­lege.

It is frankly out­ra­geous that the col­lege can can­cel a course half-way through and leave stu­dents, some of whom are hop­ing to go on to uni­ver­sity, stranded in this way.

The col­lege should im­me­di­ately re­in­state those cour­ses that are in fact the sec­ond of a two year pro­gramme, and hon­our the com­mit­ment they made when stu­dents first en­rolled for their cour­ses. Paul Gain­ford, Ash­ford

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