Australian Council of Private Education and Training [ACPET] tried to place students in alternative colleges but succeeded only partially. After 28 days, the matter was placed at the hands of DEEWR which has arranged/is arranging placements in TAFE, other institutions in Sydney and in colleges in Melbourne. I know some students have already gone to Melbourne.
While attending a meeting at CRC offices recently, I heard that some schools are asking for fees of about $3000-4000 for the new COE [Contract of Education] which is required as a condition for the international education and the student Visa.
I raised a question about the justification for this unnecessary burden on students when it was not their fault for the Stirling College to go out of business.
I believe that;
1. this extra fees should come from ESOS/DEEWR or
2. DEEWR should speak with the new colleges to not charge this fees.
The bottom line is that former students of Stirling College should not suffer anymore than they have already suffered.
Dear DEEWR authorities
After the collapse of the Stirling College in Sydney, we understood that these students were going to be placed in alternative colleges within 28 days. This was the promise which was made by ACPET.
More than 28 days have passed but the promise has not been fulfilled. We further understand that their matter is now with DEEWR/ESOS.
These students are desperate, frustrated and disappointed because;
1. their money has been taken but they have not received the appropriate training,
2. there is uncertainty about their training and future,
3. there is uncertainty about the plan of action by the DEEWR/ESOS.
We are worried that this desperation may go out of hand for some students. They have invested a big amount of money in their courses and things are going out of control.
We ask DEEWR/ESOS to help these students quickly;
1. by acting speedily in arranging an alternate placement of all students including students of community welfare in Sydney/NSW.
2. by helping these students get the certificates, transcripts and other relevant documents/records from the administrators of this college
3. by doing everything to look after the health and Visa needs of these students until the mess is sorted out.
4. by nominating a “Nodal person” from DEEWR to deal with the matters of the students of the failed Stirling college.
5. by refunding the full fees under Tuition Assurance Scheme if alternate placement is not possible.
Students of community welfare chose Sydney as the place to have their training. The alternate placement must be in Sydney. Some of them have their jobs in Sydney [for the entitled hours as per the the Visa conditions].
We request Minister Ms Julia Gillard and NSW Premier, Mr Nathan Rees to please direct the relevant people to act in a speedy manner in these matters.
Dr Yadu Singh/06-09-09