Sheffield college fights funding cuts

Sisters Wala and Wafa Ali who have started an anti-cuts petition at Longley Park College.
Sisters Wala and Wafa Ali who have started an anti-cuts petition at Longley Park College.
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Two Sheffield sisters are backing their college’s online petition opposing education funding cuts for teenagers - which has already attracted nearly 6,500 signatures.

Wala and Wafa Ali would both be affected by the Government’s proposals, which seek to reduce funding for 18-year-olds by 17.5 per cent from next September.

They are both on courses at Longley Park Sixth Form College, where staff and students are opposing the plans.

The petition says the proposed cuts will affect students from some of the city’s most disadvantaged areas, as well as black, minority and ethnic groups.

It says the majority of 18-year-olds who need to complete further study programmes before progressing to work, apprenticeships or higher education will be vulnerable students who left school with few qualifications.

Wala and Wafa, who came from Yemen to live in the UK four years ago, enrolled at Longley Park initially to improve their English.

Both students have progressed well and are excited about their futures.

Wala said: “It was really challenging when we came to the UK as we couldn’t speak any English. Both my sister and I came to Longley Park to learn English. I never thought I would now be planning my progression to university.”

Wafa has applied to study early childhood studies at university next year.

She said: “I feel the support system that Longley Park has in place has helped me to achieve so much.

“Without the college’s encouragement I wouldn’t be able to achieve my dreams and aspirations.”