The Greater Manchester Sustainable Engineering University Technical College (UTC) in Oldham was inaugurated three years ago and now the government announced to be shutting down. The reason for the new order may sound silly but it is true.
None of the pupils from the state-of-the-art 9 million pound school pass English or maths GCSE last summer and hence by the end of the academic year it will be closed.
The UTC was opened as part of new schools offering vocational qualifications and traditional exams.
The government didn’t mention about terrible exam results openly citing low pupil numbers and financial difficulties have forced them to order closure. However, local politicians blame bad results are the reason.
The school was opened in September 2014 along with one dozen other new technical colleges across the country and specializing in digital technologies, biomedical science, engineering and other related subjects.
Schools minister Lord Nash hailed then the new schools will help the country to compete in the global race.
The UTC admitted students of age group 14 to 19 who seeked making career in technology or engineering. However, the number of students who showed interest in the college was poor and last January they counted just 127.
Not a single student got a C mark in English and maths last summer. Following it the board of trustees headed up by venture capitalist Mike Dwan quit his position and a new board was appointed thereafter including senior council figures, but lately the government has announced to be shutting down.