Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (634)

Danny Healy-Rae


634. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the courses available for adult literacy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38121/20]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

Officials from my Department have been in contact with Kerry ETB (KETB) in relation to this matter. KETB Adult Literacy and Basic Education Service provides free and confidential group classes and one-to-one tuition for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, spelling, maths or basic computer skills.

This service is delivered in centres in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Castleisland, Dingle, Kenmare, Caherciveen and Killorglin. When a person makes an enquiry they are informed about the programmes available and are offered a meeting to discuss their options. Their goals are discussed, an initial assessment is carried out and an appropriate learning programme is offered to them. As the service operates a continuous intake policy, the person can generally start straight away. Occasionally if a person opts for one to one tuition they may have to wait a short while until a tutor is available.

All courses on offer can lead to certification at level 1, 2 and 3 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Classes are free, confidential, part time and generally available during the daytime or evening. The individual is encouraged to learn at their own pace either in a small group or with one-to-one tuition if needed.

There are also financial supports available for learners who are in receipt of certain Social Welfare payments. KETB can advise the individual of what broad supports may be available.

Officials in my Department will contact the Deputy directly with the relevant contact information.