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Business secretary Vince Cable has outlined the benefits of adult education - citing his mother as an example – in his first speech in his new post.
Business secretary Vince Cable has outlined the benefits of adult education – citing his own mother as an example – in his first speech in his new post.
Speaking at the Cass Business School, he backed an emphasis on lifelong learning, but warned bureacracy surrounding adult education would be cut back in new measures.
”Education and learning are of course desirable in their own right,” he said. ”Education for education’s sake – learning how to learn – benefits the economy in the longterm.”
He said a story from his own life illustrated the point.
”My mother and father left school at 15 to work in factories. My father eventually taught building trades in the local technical college: we need people like him.
”My mother was a housewife and when I was 10 she had a major nervous breakdown and spent time in a mental hospital. When she recovered she saved her mind through adult eduation – learning for the first time about history, literature, philosophy and art. We need more people like her too.”
But Mr Cable said 20 quangos would be scrapped or have their budgets decreased in a bid to cut down on bureaucracy. Those affected would be announced later.