A weekly payment given to some college students in the UK for having 100% attendance. Eligible students will receive £10, £20 or £30 depending on their household income. A total of £500 in bonuses can be received if the student returns to college each turn. The purpose of ema is to help students who may struggle financially, but really it's just a way of bribing students to come to college.
Ema is usually a female.
Her name means "Crazy one" in a long lost language of ye olde sea-speake.
Ema's soulmate (husband) normally is called: Clarke, Bob or Jake.
Ema is a very musical person and plays a cello.
Ema normally has a twin (called Ella)
Overall, Ema is a kind person, who thinks shes a teapot.
Brad: I can't, I have a huge cardio exam I have to study for.
Pat: EMA! That excuse is not good enough.
Most of it isn't even kept for "educational maintenance", many kids blow it on drugs, alcohol, make-up, cinema tickets, cigerettes, videogames, night-outs, etc. Only a few kids actually spend it on school equipment or save it for university (the true 'working class' who actually want to better themselves).
Really, it boils down to bribing chavs (who are NOT 'working class' by any means) to attend their Level 1/2 hair-dressing or mechanic courses at FE Colleges and not committing crimes on the streets.
Personally, I believe that EMA should only be given to students (ALL students, not just low income ones) doing Level 3 and above courses at Sixth Form or College, such as A-levels, International Baccalaurette, certain BTEC's, good apprenticeships, etc. or those who have to resit their GCSE's. I personally believe the use of EMA should be moderated, and if it's found that students are wasting it on junk, then they should have the allowance taken off them, afterall it is TAXPAYERS money and not simply theirs to do what they like with it. If they want money to piss about with, they should get something called a JOB.