08 October 2010 SCOLA fears that cuts will sink its adult education courses
Some of our vulnerable students could have their courses cancelled if the government’s expected cuts for the sector proves to be a reality after the spending review is announced later this month.
SCOLA provides a lifeline for single mothers, pensioners, people with mental health issues and those with learning difficulties – a chance to get qualifications they missed out on at school, while many of those at work access training and devleopment opportunities in the evening.
If these cuts go ahead there will be irretrievable damage to the colleges and forcing us to double fees and cancel cources that don’t make money. Although we are prepared and understand the reasons for the cuts I fear that instead of weathering the storm, we are facing being sunk. Adult education is facing a 40% reduction in funding and if this happens it will be difficult to protect anything – the College will have no choice but to increase fees or close programmes to those who most need it. Please support us to save SCOLA and Adult Education. Please sign this online Petition and write to your MP. Tell them how SCOLA made a difference to you and your life. http://www.petitiononline.com/adulted/petition.html
Saboohi Famili – Principal