Cross-posted from Daily Politics (Wed 25th March 2015)Education matters: Colleges say 'swathe of cuts' threatens adult educationhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32017137
Adult education in England "will not exist by 2020" if government cuts continue, colleges have warned.
The Association of Colleges says 190,000 adult education places will go next year, as funding is cut by 24%.
It says: "Adult education and training in England will not exist by 2020 if the government continues with its swathe of cuts."
Adult Learning and Further Education provision has already been cut to the bone and now funding has been reduced to £3.9bn. Whatever happened to 'lifelong learning' and 'a well-educated flexible workforce for a world of work based on portfolio-careers' rather than 'a job for life'? Not to mention learning for its own sake. If all we're left with is education for the under-19s followed by university for those who can, or
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insert-as-applicable apprenticeships, do we count that as progress? I don't!Edit since first posting in DP: I've added the title of the BBC article, also the amount funding to which funding has now been cut - and deleted an aside about the inflation rate as it's probably irrelevant, here. And another edit to tidy up the layout.