Sorted: Foul Language; SHIFTY COLLEGE BOSS WHO FLEECES HARD-UP STUDENTS

The Mirror (London, England), November 23, 2001 | Go to article overview

Sorted: Foul Language; SHIFTY COLLEGE BOSS WHO FLEECES HARD-UP STUDENTS


Byline: Andrew Penman, Michael Greenwood

COLLEGE boss Suresh Malhotra needs a lesson in morals. He is the principal of what claims to be "one of the largest and most respected training organisations".

Called Evendine College, it also boasts the slogan: "Choose the best, forget the rest".

Ben Majen would take issue with that. He paid pounds 720 to put his Moroccan nephew through an English language course at Evendine.

When the lad was refused a UK visa, Ben cancelled the course and asked for his money back.

The college told him that this would only be possible if he sent a further pounds 50 as a refund fee. He did so, and his money was returned. Or rather, some of it was.

From his original pounds 720, Evendine deducted a pounds 65 "installment surcharge", a pounds 25 "registration fee", a pounds 50 "visa processing fee" and a whacking pounds 524 that was explained simply as "80 per cent forfeited".

The result was that Ben, of Edmonton, North London, got a cheque for a grand total of pounds 56, leaving him pounds 664 out of pocket. "I would like you to expose this rogue college which took my money," he told us.

So how does Malhotra, of Iver, Buckinghamshire, feel about being described as the principal of a rogue college?

We don't know because he would not reply to our letters or our phone calls.We met him in person on the steps of his head office at 22 Grosvenor Gardens, central London, and still he refused to comment.

So please forgive us now for asking some questions to which we have no answers. …

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