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Student’s anger over course axe

FLORISTRY student Margaret Taggart has fired a broadside at Solihull College after they axed her course due to cost-cutting measures.

FLORISTRY student Margaret Taggart has fired a broadside at Solihull College after they axed her course due to cost-cutting measures.

Margaret, a full-time carer for her mother and aunt, insisted she’d had no contact from the College despite her efforts to question the closure.

She claimed: “I was happy to pay for my flower arranging for pleasure course, which wasn’t cheap, because it gave me a bit of respite.

“I attended an evening class where there were about 10 to 12 people on the course, but there was also one during the day and one for people with learning disabilities. I’m hoping one of the lecturers that was made redundant starts a private class somewhere so that I can continue.

“I tried to get in touch with College principal Brenda Sheils to tell her how furious I was about the course being closed without any reasonable form of explanation.

“I tried phoning, writing and e-mailing, but I still haven’t received any response. I’ve heard nothing at all and that’s the truth. However the College continues to advertise free courses for unemployed people!”

A college spokesperson confirmed: “Along with many organisations receiving public funds, the further education sector is facing reductions next year. As a consequence, the College has had to carefully consider the implications of this and following a review of resources and costs associated with supporting delivery, the difficult decision to close these courses was made.

“We appreciate the disappointment that the students are facing and we will be working with those affected to offer support and advice about their options.”

 

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