I REFER to the article 'Retraining board policy on housewives labelled unfair' about the Employees Retraining Scheme (Sunday Morning Post, January 8).
The scheme is gathering so much momentum that priorities have had to be introduced to make best use of limited resources, despite the network of 96 training centres providing 45,000 places.
The scheme serves four main categories of clients: Displaced workers and industrial accident victims.
Future job seekers.
Employees who have been left behind by developments in the job market.
And workers whose skills are being replaced by their lower-paid counterparts in neighbouring countries.
Future job seekers, mainly housewives, have not been 'kicked out' of the programme and are welcome to take up courses to prepare for work when their children have grown up.
CHOW TUNG-SHAN Executive Director Employees Retraining Board