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Private college manager pleads guilty to breaching Private Education Act

Published on Nov 27, 2012 6:58 PM

The sole manager of a private college here has pleaded guilty to failing to repay students' course fees amounting to about $190,000 when the classes they had signed up for were not conducted.

Process College manager Duclos Hazel Margaret, 64, pleaded guilty yesterday to the above charge, and a second charge of failing to keep proper records for the 30 students who had been enrolled in the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Hotel Management programmes that the college offered.

A third charge, of failing to obtain permission from the Council for Private Education (CPE) before changing its registered premise, will be taken into consideration when she is sentenced on Dec 27.

The charges were brought earlier in June this year by the CPE, which oversees the private education industry, acting on student complaints that Duclos did not make good on her promise to refund the students in instalments.

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