Adult basic education will continue: minister

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Through Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future, the provincial government is committed to focusing on innovation and finding efficiencies to ensure a more effective delivery of services.

This includes developing new approaches that will better prepare people to find work and establish a career.

As part of this approach, the Department of Advanced Education and Skills is changing the delivery of the provincial Adult Basic Education (ABE) program to ensure better results for adult learners. This involves moving the

program out of College of the North Atlantic and engaging new training providers in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

It is important for students to understand that the ABE curriculum in Newfoundland and Labrador will not change.

Students will receive the same standard and content of ABE at private institutions and not-for-profit organizations as they receive at College of the North Atlantic. Eligibility requirements for funding will also remain the same. We will work with students and the college to ensure the transition to a different training provider is as smooth as possible. Meanwhile, the ABE program at College of the North Atlantic, which about 40 per cent ABE students currently attend, will continue for the current 2012-13 academic year.

We understand and respect the attachment some ABE students have with College of the North Atlantic. However, given our fiscal reality, we must ensure programs are being delivered in the most cost-effective and efficient means possible.

Annually, it costs approximately $5,000 more to provide ABE to a student at College of the North Atlantic than at a private school, and the average cost of ABE per student in this province is about three times the cost in other Atlantic provinces.

As well, the annual graduation rate for 2011-12 for ABE at private training institutions is approximately 42 per cent and at College of the North Atlantic it is about 31 per cent.

We will continue to ensure that ABE is offered to people across Newfoundland and Labrador. This includes looking at alternate forms of how we offer ABE for particular locations, including expanding e-learning or tutoring for remote communities.

Delivering ABE through a request for proposals process will strengthen accountability, improve results and ensure adult learners get the education and skills they need. Graduates will have the confidence, self-sufficiency and knowledge to contribute to our economy and help ensure a sustainable future.

Joan Shea

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Department of Advanced Education and Skills

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Tony Rockel
    April 09, 2013 - 00:49

    "A sound plan, a secure future"?? Yes-- for NALCOR.

  • Joannie
    April 08, 2013 - 19:48

    Joan Burke, this is just another of your whimsical stories, your words lacking in integrity and honesty. You continue to spew commitments, but everybody knows that your words lack truth and promises have no merit. You make statements without any real understanding, and make projections without scientific evidence. Joan Burke, you are unbelievable! Rather described as a liar. Why don't you send your own daughter to a private post secondary institution. I challenge you.

  • Jay
    April 08, 2013 - 17:05

    Did Shawn Skinner return to his position at Key-In Tech after he lost the last election?

  • Charlie
    April 08, 2013 - 12:09

    The government used the Noseworthy report on ABE to cut this program from the government funded institution having commissioned this report at the cost of $70,000 to a person who had absolutely NO background in field of Education. His lack of experience and training in the field of Education are evident throughout this report. The government now puts his report forward as their guide to reform the ABE program. Everyone should read it. It is no wonder everyone is up in arms about these cuts since no experts were consulted. I suppose it is a case of he who pays the piper calls the tune.

  • Student
    April 08, 2013 - 08:21

    All I hear is a comparison of privatized degree-factories such as AC and properly run publicly funded institutions like CNA. The government's own studies have shown that investing in education will show a return on investment but yet they continue to introduce cuts to education. But I guess that's the price the common man has to pay for "prosperitY" Privatization is not the way to go. But this government will do what it wants until we get rid of them.

  • Sarah
    April 08, 2013 - 07:29

    And what about all of the support staff/faculty members that will lose their jobs at CNA? Is that part of the "Secure Future" plan??