The Growth Of Awareness Of Adult Illiteracy In Britain
COPY OF COMPOSITE MOTIONS FOR T.U.C. CONFERENCE 1978
FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
This Conference believes that the TUC's policy on further and higher education should be extended to include:
(a)all young unemployed to attend educational courses without.1oss of benefit.
(b)all workers should be allowed day release or block release from work to continue their general education and if necessary gain basic literacy and numeracy skills, and vocational training.
(c)the establishment of a national council for further and higher education to deal with the problems of the 16 to 19 age group.
and that the total policy should have the force of statutory provision by the Government.
Further, this Conference regards as totally inadequate the sum of £600,000 with which the Government plans to supplement local authority adult literacy provision for the period April 1979 to March 1980 and resolves to exert pressure for permanent central Government funding for this section of education.
This Conference believes that it is the right of every child to be taught literacy skills. Each year a significant number of children are consigned to the educational scrap heap because they fail to master the initial symbolic processes involved in learning to read, write and spell. These children are often considered to be educationally subnormal, even though they might show considerable intelligence in other subjects. Their condemnation as illiterates causes much dismay to the children concerned, their parents and their teachers, and also leads to the loss of great potential to the nation. Conference therefore urges the Minister of Education and Science:
(a)to recognise the language learning disability commonly known as dyslexia.
to establish a simple and straightforward assessment procedure for all children who fail to learn to read, write or spell in their first years at school.
to provide funds for training of specialist teachers in the field of specific learning disabilities; and for the teaching of learning disabled children, individually or in small groups within their own schools or in special local units.
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