In my college, students are carefully interviewed to ascertain whether they qualify for funding from the Further Education Funding Council. Those who do not must pay the full rate - often several thousand pounds.
EFL students in FE colleges are not in this country specifically to learn English. They live, work and pa tax in this country, and many could not afford to study in a private language school.
The largest increase in EFL student numbers has been due to non-funded students (151 per cent, as opposed to a 21per cent increase in funded students). This hardly supports his claim of FE colleges "poaching" his students.
Private language schools might consider the merits of a system that educates on the basis of need,rather than the ability to pay.
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