Loss of Self-Paced Programs for Students in Adult Education

 Check out the BCTF article on barriers facing adult students attempting to upgrade or get their grade 12 certification.

 Poverty-related barriers encountered by students in adult education (White: Jan/Feb 2013) .

The current restructuring of adult ed programs based on the BC Libs’ inadequate funding is increasing barriers for students in our communities.

Loss of self-paced programs

A key concern that emerged in the discussion was about how the restructuring of adult education programs has reduced support for adult education students who face multiple barriers. Self-paced programs provided more flexibility for adult students but are no longer available in some districts. Fewer self-paced learning programs means less flexibility to adapt learning to the needs of adult students (e.g., childcare, inflexible work schedules) and to adjust learning to a pace comfortable for the student. The loss of self-paced learning programs has the greatest impact on low-income adults who need the flexibility of a self-paced program to overcome the barriers that make it difficult for them to complete their education.

See Never Giving Up (Aim High:  June 19 2013)

Hard questions need to be asked by communities and learners alike.

Ask your MLA why funding isn’t representative of local adult upgrading needs. Ask your local trustee why educational opportunities for adults are a diminished part of the district’s educational mission for all learners. Ask them all whatexactly they are doing and plan to do to address these needs … and keep on asking them.

Finally, ask yourselves about how important the access to relevant and appropriate educational options is for you and your community.

If you don’t continue to use it and advocate for it, you may indeed lose even the last remaining bit of it!

Author: Tim Lavery

Aim High Salmon Arm It matters

1 thought on “Loss of Self-Paced Programs for Students in Adult Education”

  1. In the Shuswap Area, programs for adult learners and disenfranchised young adults has been a hallmark, Highlighted by community based Storefront programs in Sicamous, Armstrong, Enderby and Salmon Arm. The School Board has closed the rural programs in Enderby and Sicamous and have reorganized the mandate of other such programs. These community based programs have had success in allowing students to complete their highschool and move on to post secondary training programs. Let the School Board know, LOUDLY, that School programs are a public service, supported by local taxpayer dollars and not a gift from the government.

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