Question to the Minister of State for Education and Science (Mr Ciarán Cannon, T.D.)
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline the measures taken to support the position and role of Community Education in the changing of the further education and training structures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 21st May, 2013.
I recognise that further education and training, as it is currently delivered, covers a broad spectrum of education that ranges from basic adult literacy courses to courses that are certified at level 6 and above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Further Education and Training is accessed by all manner of learners, ranging from adult learners to early school leavers. It is delivered in formal classroom settings and in less formal settings based in the community.
It is essentially a flexible form of education that can meet the diverse needs of learners in the most appropriate setting.
Since the publication of the Bill a number of concerns have been raised regarding the definition of further education and training. I am aware that many providers want greater recognition of this dimension to be reflected in the legislation.
At Committee Stage on 1st May, I undertook to examine the issue further. Accordingly I have asked officials in the Department to give consideration to the matters raised, ahead of Report Stage in the Dáil in the coming weeks.