The Mount Aspiring College College Board of Trustees has this week made the decision to close the International Language Centre (ILC) from December 8, 2020.
The ILC has been under review for several months and comes following the COVID-19 lockdown and the resulting closure of the nation's borders.
Dean Sheppard, Acting Principal of Mount Aspiring College, said the decision to close the Centre and dissolve such a long-standing and culturally rich programme was not an easy one.
"The Board has been forced to make a tough decision, under rather challenging circumstances. The ILC has added a wonderful cultural dimension to the college, and the foreclosure of this programme is truly regrettable but ultimately necessary. The current climate combined with the uncertainty of international students being allowed to enter the country in the near future has rendered this programme fiscally unsustainable," Sheppard said.
"I would like to thank all the ILC staff, homestay families and businesses for their tremendous support and dedication over the years. While it is somewhat an end of an era with regards to international students, we will still, however, be supporting our Year 7 to Year 13 migrant students by offering ESOL classes "he added.
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