Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (89)

Bernard Durkan


89. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his proposals to prioritise adult literacy in the context of reform of further education and training; his plans to include adult literacy and numeracy in the Further Education and Training (SOLAS) Bill 2013 in order to facilitate a national strategy in this regard in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29766/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I recognise that further education and training as it is currently delivered covers a broad spectrum that ranges from basic adult literacy and numeracy courses to courses that are certified at level 6 and above on the National Framework of Qualifications. Section 9 of the Further Education and Training Bill 2013 provides that SOLAS, once established, will prepare and submit, to the Minister, a strategy in respect of further education and training. The issue of including a provision in the Bill for the development of a national adult literacy and numeracy strategy was raised at Dáil Committee Stage. The Bill was amended at Dáil Report Stage to include a provision for the development of a literacy and numeracy strategy.