Two private colleges in Australia have been closed by a State regulator after they failed to meet basic education standards, putting in jeopardy the future of over 100 students, mostly from India.
Australian Institute of Career Education and Australian International College of Commerce were closed yesterday after it was found that they had inadequate learning materials, deficient kitchen facilities for training hospitality students, and failed to keep proper student records, The Age reported.
A total of 129 students, mostly from India and China, studying commercial cookery have been left in limbo. Some were due to finish their courses in less than two weeks.
“Students who are displaced as a result of college closures must, by law, be found alternative colleges or have their course fees refunded,” the report said.
The newspaper said it believed Australian International College of Commerce also had inadequate staff to teach the students it had enrolled.
The closures bring to 11 the number of colleges that have shut since July, either because of a failure to comply with regulations or because of financial woes. In total, more than 3,000 international and domestic students have been affected.
State education regulator Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority said it “found the colleges to be significantly non-compliant with relevant registration standards.”
Executive director of Australian International College of Commerce Zhi Mei Ye and chief executive of the Australian Institute of Career Education Gopi Chengareddy could not be contacted yesterday.
The Victoria State government, which is expecting further college collapses, said the latest closures were a result of its efforts to “tidy up the sector.”
Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation Jacinta Allan said the closures were a result of 41 rapid audits of high-risk colleges.
The audits, which were conducted jointly by Victoria’s education regulator, and federal education and immigration departments, began in May and are expected to be complete by the end of the year.