Class cuts leave migrants out in cold
4:00AM Thursday Aug 06, 2009
By Jacqueline Smith

Concerns are mounting for Mt Roskill's new migrants as a popular English class is forced to close under Government funding cuts.

Mal Ouston, a teacher at the not-for-profit organisation Trainsmart, said the classes were "absolutely critical to social security" in Mt Roskill, which is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of Auckland.

Private training establishments (PTEs) were made aware of the cuts shortly after adult community education (Ace) night classes found out they would lose 80 per cent of their funding in this year's Budget.

Hundreds of PTEs are funded by the Tertiary Education Commission and may be affected by a fall in baseline funding of some literacy and numeracy grants and the demise of other funds.

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