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EMA cuts 'not what the country needs'

31/01/2011 Joanna
A Kent headteacher has spoken out about the government's decision to scrap Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) payments.

Stephen Grix, principal at MidKent College, said it could result in fewer young people moving from school into higher education.

Speaking to the Chronicle, he revealed that almost 60 per cent of students at the school are EMA recipients.

"I don't think it's what the economy needs at the moment. There is a risk of children from the poorest families not staying on or enrolling on courses they don't want to go on, because it's cheaper," he told the publication.

"It will come into place so soon that a lot of pupils have received the grant in one year but won't in the second year."

He added that the cuts will lead to more young people hanging around on the streets.

The government revealed last year that it plans to scrap EMA and replace it with more targeted support for the most deprived pupils.
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