English language schools under threat of closure

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) says it will protect the 2,300 students affected by the possible closure of a number of English language schools across Australia.

Nine companies associated with GEOS, which operates the schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane, went into voluntary administration late last week.

The authority discovered that directors of GEOS have been diverting revenue from its Melbourne business, to support the operations of its other companies both in Australia and overseas.

A decision is expected to be made today on the schools’ future and Lynn Glover, the director of the VRQA, says the students and 400 staff will be looked after.

“If a decision is made by the administrators for the college to close, all overseas students will be protected by the tuition insurance scheme,” she said.

“This will mean that students will be placed in suitable alternative courses, here in Melbourne, at no additional cost and the VRQA will be supporting that process.”