Three overseas-owned summer operations passed British Council inspections this summer, increasing the total of such organisations by over 10 per cent. All three previously traded as unaccredited schools, which under EU rules are unable to bring in students from outside the European Economic Area. The move to accreditation may have more to do with immigration rules than Brexit, as all inspection requests would have to have been made months before the UK referendum.
Just under 5 per cent of schools inspected by the British Council are owned wholly or partially by language travel agents, according to Council reports. On average, agent-owned schools are awarded 1.75 areas of strength, less than half the average for the accredited sector as a whole, though two – Magnifico Travel and Anglo, previously International Quest – are in the top 20 per cent, based on inspection reports. A further six agent-owned schools are accredited by ABLS, a third of the total in this scheme.
The two newly accredited agent-owned schools, Go-languages, owned by the Italian agency MLA, and Europartners, owned by Walter Beyer of Badd Wuennenberg, Germany, enrol almost entirely from their local markets, while Alpadia, owned by the Swiss course organisers of the same name, enrol largely from the EEA.
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The British government may look to slash the number of international students to 170,000, nearly half the current enrolment, according the Guardian newspaper, in what’s seen as a purely political move to rig immigration numbers. The government has promised to reduce net migration, a measure which includes British citizens and international students.
Hundreds have been arrested with at least two killed – apparently at the hands of security forces – during protests by anglophones. Lawyers, teachers and students are on strike over the ‘marginalisation’ of English-speakers in the officially bilingual (French and English) west African nation of Cameroon. The protests, rallies and demonstrations throughout the last three months of 2016 have escalated into calls for ‘federalism’ or even independence for Cameroon’s majority English-language-using Northwest and Southwest regions.
English language learners (ELLs) in the US state of Texas are more likely than native speakers to be excluded from special education services, an investigation for the Houston Chronicle newspaper revealed. According to the study, just 39 of the nearly 1,000 ELLs receive services like tutoring, counselling and speech therapy, 70 per cent less per capita than a decade ago, Andrea Pérez writes.