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Anger growing over Sutton Coldfield language course cuts - local news
Sutton Coldfield based adult learners are furious after Birmingham Metropolitan College s disgraceful decision to cut all adult language classes.

Rosa Rosa, aged 48, of Great Barr , Birmingham , was a Spanish teacher at Sutton Coldfield campus. She said: Lots of people will be really disappointed by these cuts. Language is not something you can learn once and forget, it needs continuity. Some of my students have been coming to me for years, progressing through the levels. What are they going to do?

The decision affects many of the language teaching staff, who have been made redundant.

Hilary Tucker, aged 45 of Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield had planned to take a class in September. She said: I think its a huge shame to get rid of languages. The college is supposed to be bringing languages into the local community, not cutting them. Its disgraceful! There are more than enough people in Sutton who want these classes and they will have to miss out.

The decision affects many of the language teaching staff, who have been made redundant.

The cuts coincide with a drop in students taking GCSE languages, almost a third since they were made optional six years ago. The Birmingham Chamber expressed their disappointment about the drop as they are highly valued in business.

A spokesman for the group said: We strongly advocate languages to get ahead in business, particularly Chinese and Arabic or even some Indian dialects. Competition for jobs is high so it is a huge advantage to have another language and also if you know the customs of those countries.

I think it would be an asset for any job and I would urge youngsters going into business and commercial markets to take them.

The principal of Birmingham Metropolitan College , Dr. Christine Braddock CBE, said: Funding cuts are affecting all public sector organisations. Due to changes in funding for the over 19s, some of the courses we traditionally offered for adult learners are no longer funded, and adult language courses fall into this category.

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Posted On:  03 September, 2010
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