Funding promised

17:00, Jul 31 2014

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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