Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
25. Deputy Tom Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if adult literacy programmes are restricted by staff embargos and funding restrictions from answering the mushrooming demand for their services. [9754/11]
Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): 1Teachers or teacher equivalents that are directly providing tuition to pupils in schools, in special programmes or in adult or further education settings are exempt from the moratorium on public sector recruitment. This includes adult literacy tutors.
I am aware that there is significant demand across the range of part-time and full-time further education and training programmes, including adult literacy. As part of its Labour Market Policy, the Government will make literacy and basic workplace skills a national priority, with literacy training incorporated into a wider variety of further education and training programmes. The Government will also address the widespread and persistent problem of adult literacy through the integration of literacy in vocational training and through community education under its lifelong learning policy.
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