The Late Learning Centre
Garner, Richard, The Mirror (London, England)
T HE arrival of Digital TV will offer much more than a vast choice of what to watch on the box.
It is to spearhead a new, government-backed drive to promote adult education.
But, rather than having to attend classes, adults wishing to take part will be able to do so from their own homes, through digital TV and the Internet.
A total of pounds 40million has been set aside to kick-start the project, called the University for Industry, which will be based in Sheffield.
It will pioneer what is called 'distance learning'. And students, as well as learning from home, will also be able to study in their workplace or even their local pub if they want.
One of the university's key roles will be to offer courses in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy to an estimated six million adults who failed to master the three Rs at school. Education chiefs see the idea of not having to attend classes as revolutionary.
They believe it is the key to attracting adults with poor literacy as learning from home removes the stigma which people who can't read feel in the company of others.
It's a sentiment echoed by Jim Pateman, head of strategy at the Basic Skills Agency - a government-funded body set up to evaluate literacy levels. …