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Foreign students stranded in Tower Hamlets due to bogus college closures

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:32 05 October 2010

HUNDREDS of foreign students coming to the East End to study are being left with nowhere to go, it was claimed this week, following a government crackdown on bogus colleges. Students studying in Tower Hamlets for a better life and an education have been le

HUNDREDS of foreign students coming to the East End to study are being left with nowhere to go, it was claimed this week, following a government crackdown on bogus colleges.

Students studying in Tower Hamlets for a better life have been left to struggle with little money and even face being thrown out of the country following the closure of private colleges.

And Bethnal Green and Bow MP George Galloway is now demanding that the Government steps in and fulfils its "moral responsibility" to foreign students.

Mr Galloway claimed this week that hundreds of students were granted visas through the colleges and paid more than £3,000 in fees for the accredited courses.

But since they moved to the UK, around 1,800 suspected bogus colleges have had their licence revoked or suspended.

And the Respect party claims around 37 colleges in Tower Hamlets have been shut down in just three months.

Mr Galloway said: "There is a great desire for Bangladeshis to go abroad and gain the same qualifications that we can expect.

"Students that come here on the promise of a certified course are now left having paid student fees with no college to go to.

"The government has a duty of care to these students."

Mr Galloway is planning to raise a motion in the House of Commons, calling on the Government to extend students' visas so they have time to find another course, refund the fees they have already paid out or help them to find new colleges.


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