9 Jun 2011

More schools expected to drop night classes

7:01 am on 9 June 2011

The association for school night classes expects more schools will drop their adult education pogrammes at the end of this year.

School night classes are in their second year of reduced funding after 80% of their subsidies were removed last year.

The Community Learning Association Through Schools says the number of schools delivering adult and community education dropped from 212 to just 36, and the number of learners went from more than 200,000 to about 50,000.

The association's president, Linda Melrose, expects the number to decline further next year.

She says things are difficult for those who now get little or no Government funding and parts of New Zealand have no school night classes at all.