APPROVAL for extensions costing more than "500,000 to Havering Technical College in 1969-70 is being help up by Havering Council while a special working party investigates if the money can be better spent.
The working party, set up by the council's Policy Committee on Tuesday, may also look at adult education as a whole.
Only 40 per cent of the first-year courses at the college last year measured up to the standards recommended in the national Pilkington Report on further education.
In the commerce departments only 30 per cent of courses measured up to Pilkington standards.
The standards laid down in the report take in the nature of courses, efficient use of classrooms, and proper use of lecturers' time.
Said Havering Council leader Ald. Jack Moultrie: "The college facilities are not being used to the best advantage. Discussions will be held with the principal, the governors and education officials".
Planned extensions to the college would cost £392,500 and furniture and equipment another "120,000.