Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (274)

Brendan Griffin


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.