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Furious lecturers walk out over language class cuts

PUBLISHED: 18:11 08 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:26 05 October 2010

LECTURERS have today staged a walk-out in East London in a protest over job cuts which could see thousands of students without a place this September. Bosses at Tower Hamlets College expect to axe 60 jobs and cut student places

By Gemma Collins

LECTURERS have today staged a walk-out in East London in a protest over job cuts which could see thousands of students without a place this September.

Bosses at Tower Hamlets College in Poplar announced on Friday they were expecting to make around 40 fulltime posts redundant which the lecturers fear would mean cutting student places.

The biggest impact would be on the English for Speakers of Other Languages’ course, with the number of places being halved to 1,500, according to the lecturers.

The cuts are needed because of financial problems, the college iunsists.

But lecturers walked out in anger this morning as the news spread among staff and students at the college in Poplar High Street.

More demonstrations are being planned in the East End in the week. The classes are taught at various locations including Wapping women’s centre, Poplar’s Chrisp Street Idea Store and nearby Lifra Hall that could all suffer from the cuts.


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