Protests continue about the cuts to tie-dying, Indian cooking, and conversational Spanish from adult education courses – courses that should be self-funding as they are a hobby, not a necessity.

At the same time comes the news from Massey University’s Professor James Chapman that adult literacy rates got exceptionally worse under the last Labour government – particularly for 16-24 year olds.

That research backs up National’s rationale to redirect funding from hobby courses to remedial literacy and numeracy courses.  Our 16-24 year olds are coming into the workforce lacking the necessary basic skills to get a decent job.

The figures are even worse for Maori and Pacific Islanders.  That’s why we’re doing something about it, as well ensuring that those currently in school will leave with the basic literacy and numeracy skills they need to contribute to a vibrant economy.