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Greenwich Community College To Receive £420,000 Cut To Adult Learning Programme

The government is to cut its funding to Greenwich Community College (GCC) by £420,000 for 19+ students, to put more money into schools. The cuts have led to emergency talks between the principal, vice-principal and its learning area managers, who will decide how this cut will effect the college.

“This cut is another example of how further education funds are pulled by the government to fund schools,” says GCC’s head of marketing Alec Brand. He went on to say that extra funds are always put into schools and further education colleges are virtually ignored. He raised the example of a tutor teaching in college who would receive a lower salary compared to the same tutor teaching the same subject in a school.

As it stands, the college is unsure where these cuts will have full effect. It is feared that it will have a knock on effect on the availability of existing courses and it is hoped that students should not pay more fees to study at GCC. Currently the avenues that are being explored are ones via student funding from the Learning and Skills Council, and even businesses, who they hope will provide funds in the form of bursaries.

The cuts will take effect the next academic year.

Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije

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