Irish ELT Schools in Turmoil

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Picture of Ruairi QuinnThe Irish ELT business is in turmoil following the closure of a number of English language schools after allegations of visa fraud.

Hundreds of students were affected by the fraud and the Irish government is stepping in to try and regulate the market.

Ruairi Quinn, the Irish Minister for Education, has said that from next year a new accreditation body will be used to make sure English schools in Ireland were genuine and following strict rules concerning student visas.

Schools in Ireland are now preparing for the shake-up although some school owners have complained about unneccessary beaurocracy and confusion over the paperwork.

UPDATE: A school in Dublin has been closed in continuing investigations into visa fraud. (Ref) August 8th 2014

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