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January 31, 2010

Eight GEOS schools in Australia go into administration

Australia.jpegAccording to the Melbourne Age: 'Eight English language schools operated in Australia by the GEOS group have gone into voluntary administration, leaving about 2300 foreign students unsure of their future....The administrators said a better understanding of the financial situation and a decision on future operations should be known by the close of business on February 1.'

Perth Now reports: 'Emotional scenes erupted outside a Perth language school today after it closed unexpectedly due to financial problems. Dozens of foreign students, who have already paid thousands of dollars for courses, were still arriving for night English classes at St Mark's International College in Perth tonight. The school is one of eight language schools across Australia, owned by the GEOS group, that went into voluntary administration this afternoon. About 2300 foreign students are currently enrolled across the nation, facing an uncertain future. Some students could be forced to return home if the terms of their visas have been breached because they are unable to take part in full-time study.'

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