Funding promised

Last updated 05:00 01/08/2014

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Labour is vowing to breathe life back into Taranaki's adult and community education (ACE) sector if elected to power.

Associate tertiary education spokeswoman Megan Woods said National's decision to remove $350,000 from the region's ACE budget over the past five years was short-sighted and had left it without a single school funded to provide night classes.

Labour would nationally provide funding of $13 million a year in the first two years and another $9m after that, she said.

However, National MP Jonathan Young said, the Government was putting the right level of support into the sector. "We're spending over $20m this year on ACE in schools, community education providers, and tertiary education institutions such as polytechnics."

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