-without attempting to accuse the Manpower retraining effort of being a colossal blunder, as the hon. member did. Of course, the object of the educational upgrading courses is not to provide the equivalent of a primary or high school diploma or to facilitate entry into university. It is to provide the essentials of the mathematics, science and communications required to enable an adult to enter a skill training course or move directly into a job. A great deal of such upgrading can be accomplished in 52 weeks. It is common in most provinces to take an adult from functional illiteracy up to the completion of primary level, or from primary level up to the grade 10 level well within this limit. Moreover, experimental programs now under way may enable an adult to move through the equivalent of grades 1 to 10 within 52 weeks.
Modifications in the limits on the duration of training, with a view to providing flexibility if and when required, have been considered. These possible modifications raise questions such as: What larger proportion of available training resources would be devoted to serving relatively fewer trainees? What effect might the elimination or extension of the limits on training have on the incentive
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Proceedings on Adjournment Motion for training institutions to make the qualitative improvements in training which are necessary to speed up the educational process? These are basic problems and are not easy to solve. So in reply to the points raised by the hon. member, may I say that the department, with the co-operation of the provinces, is working on ways and
means of providing shorter training courses tailored to the needs of the trainee.
Topic: MANPOWER-AMENDMENT OF REGULATIONS TO EXTEND RETRAINING PERIOD