Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has urged the Seanad to amend proposed legislation to set out minimum employment standards for English language teachers.

Ms Ruane was speaking in the Seanad during a debate on the the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.

A delegation from the Grafton College language school - who were left unpaid after the school closed abruptly on Monday - was in Leinster House to see the matter debated in the Dáil and the Seanad.

Ms Ruane said the simple fact was that the schools are not complying with employment law as it is.

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó'Ríordáin said his party also tabled a similar amendment in response to concerns raised by unions some time ago.

Earlier in the Dáil, Education Minister Joe McHugh said he would meet a delegation of teachers from the school.

The matter was raised during Topical Questions in the Dáil by Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis and Solidarity-PBP TD Richard Boyd Barrett.

Mr Boyd-Barrett said proper monitoring was needed to protect the staff from 'fly by night' operators in the industry.

Mr McHugh said he regretted that this had happened to the staff and students of the college at this time of the year.

He said the majority of schools are privately run and wages do not come under the remit of the Department, however he said he would be happy to meet a delegation from the college.

Mr McHugh said the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) agency was monitoring the situation.

He also said the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, which is currently going through the Seanad this afternoon, is intended to strengthen legislation in the sector.