‘Save student help from cuts’

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TWO students from Burngreave appealed to the council not to cuts funds to a study support scheme, describing how it had helped them get to university.

Yasar Mohamed and Muna Abdi spoke on behalf of 1,080 petitioners wanting to protect the service, which helps teenagers with their school work,

Yasar said: “If it wasn’t for the support I received, I wouldn’t have got through my GCSEs or gone to college. Now I’m at university studying to be a youth and community worker.”

Muna added: “Hundreds of young people have been helped, particularly from ethnic minorities.

“The loss of study support would leave vulnerable young people without a resource that not only provides the academic support they need to reach their potential but also a better alternative to otherwise more accessible activities such as gangs and drugs.”

Coun Colin Ross, council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are in a discussion about how we can continue the study support scheme. The budget has been transferred for schools to manage and we are now working with schools so they can continue.”