Monday 10 January 2011
Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor
Further and Adult Education
The Petition of staff at Loughborough College,
Declares that the Petitioners believe that the Further and Adult Education Sector has a vital role to play in taking the country out of recession, as well as being an invaluable way to give young people and adults an opportunity to contribute to the job market and society and achieve their own potential; that, in the last two years, 1.5 million adult learning places have been lost and that funding will be cut by 3% in the academic year 2010-2011; that the Petitioners believe that the Government should support a high quality, publicly-funded education system in which people are not prohibited from participating by financial barriers; that the Petitioners believe that the Government should commit to widening participation at all levels, based on equality, diversity and social inclusion; that the Petitioners believe that the Government should enable those who teach in education to receive the support, training and pay they deserve, to correspond with the contribution they make to society and individual students; and that the Petitioners believe that the Government should take steps to ensure that lifelong learning is a reality and not just a slogan.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to put a halt to cuts to funding and educational provision in the Further and Adult Education sector.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Nicky Morgan .]