Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (274)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

274. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the inclusion of adult literacy and numeracy in the SOLAS Bill 2013 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30471/13]

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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.