Students Rewarded For 100% Attendance

Wed, 18/04/2001 - 01:00

A local college has rewarded a number of their hard working and dedicated students with a £20 bonus.

East Durham College, with campuses in Peterlee and Durham, recently presented over 250 of its students with the cash reward for achieving a 100% attendance and 99% or above punctuality to lectures during their first term.

The College introduced their ‘Attend & Earn’ award as part of a raft of measures to help students following the Government’s decision back in January 2011 to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

The College also vastly expanded their free college bus services, as the majority of students used the EMA payments for transport to get to college.

Mark Moore, Director of Student Services, said: “We felt it was important to introduce a number of initiatives as over 70% of our students received EMA.

“We are delighted at so many managed to meet the attendance target and received the new payment. We will be offering similar incentives for the next two terms so students have the chance to continue to earn while they learn.

Local MP for Easington, Grahame Morris, added: “The decision of the coalition government to scrap EMA was an attack on the aspirations of young people across the North East and flies in the face of promises to improve social mobility.”

“I welcome the response of East Durham College to this difficult situation to provide their own support for disadvantaged young people to continue in education.”