Thursday, 20 June 2013

Ceisteanna (89)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.