Hard times in the UK ESL sector due to new visa regulations
According to the well-regarded English newspaper, The Telegraph, 2011 saw a rise of almost 50% of private sector schools, including language schools, forced to close as a direct result of changes to the student visa system. The changes have made it increasingly difficult for students outside the European community to come and study in the UK by increasing the level of English student must have obtained before enrolling on courses and by restricting students right to paid work once in the country and studying. The UK Goverment’s intention is to try and cut down on bogus schools who in the past have offered an easy way for immigrants to enter the country. Unfortunately these new regulations are hitting genuine, accredited schools as well due to the drop in students numbers from outside the EU. For further information read the full Telegraph article.