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Issue #1477      20 October 2010

Protest against cuts to adult re-entry education

A rally was held outside Parliament House in Adelaide on October 13 to protest against the state budget cuts which, along with other “efficiencies”, will prevent adults over the age of 21 enrolling in secondary education.

The rally was the second protesting the cuts to adult re-entry education in as many weeks. Around 100 people attended a demonstration at DECS (Department of Education and Children’s Services) headquarters on September 24, which culminated in the delivery of a letter to Acting DECS Chief Executive Gino De Gennaro, demanding a reversal of what has been a very unpopular decision.

State government officials have said that students over the age of 21 can access alternate pathways via TAFE and other adult education institutions. But teachers and students say there are actually no alternatives because other VET providers such as TAFE do not offer the South Australian Certificate of Education the completion of which being one of the main reasons adults decide to return to study.

The Australian Education Union said they were deeply concerned about the proposed cuts, which will also have major implications on students over the age of 21 engaged in VET courses at affected campuses. 

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