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Cash slashed for college courses

PUBLISHED: 11:52 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010

A COLLEGE is facing cuts to its numeracy and literacy courses after its budget shrunk by 10 per cent. Greenwich Community College in Plumstead Centre, Plumstead, is to cut access programs in health and social care, history, social science, politics, psy

A COLLEGE is facing cuts to its numeracy and literacy courses after its budget shrunk by 10 per cent.

Greenwich Community College in Plumstead Centre, Plumstead, is to cut access programs in health and social care, history, social science, politics, psychology, modern languages, basic literacy, numeracy and English as a second language.

Colleges, the biggest providers of vocational training in Britain, have been told their adult learner responsive budgets will shrink by 10 to 25 percent this year, amounting to £200 million.

Vice-president of the National Union of Students, Shane Chowen, said: "The gap these cuts will make will not only affect our institutions and individuals, but our communities too.

"A lack of public subsidy will inevitably create higher course costs for those in our communities who need further education most, rendering the sector inaccessible and individuals left out in the cold."

College principal Geoff Pine said: "We are currently consulting with staff and unions and working hard to minimise the effect this reduction will have on the students and communities we represent.

"Unfortunately the funding cuts will not only have an impact on the courses we offer but also the support services we provide. We are also using this consultation process to review the overall effectiveness of our provision and college centres."

Other areas to be cut include student support and the Meridian Music Centre in Woolwich Road, Greenwich. The creche is also under threat.

Greenwich and Woolwich parliamentary candidate for Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), Onay Kasab, are 'appalling'.

He said: "When out campaigning, we were approached by students who told us about these dreadful cuts. My position is 100 percent clear: I stand full square behind staff and students who want to fight these cuts.

"It is appalling that opportunities for young people are to be hit in this way. Once again it is the working and middle class who are being told that we have to pay for the recession.

"While young people in Woolwich are to have their educational opportunities hit and hit hard, MPs who fiddled their expenses are set to 'retire' from parliament with wads of cash which most students and indeed the rest of us can only dream of.

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