GED and adult literacy instructors in Baltimore are grateful to Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke for being attentive to the challenges faced by city residents in gaining employment and admission to college as evidenced in the recent hearing regarding the GED program ("GED test takers face obstacles," Oct. 1).

Baltimore and GED students can ill afford the longer wait times for diplomas, the reduction in the number of available sites, and significantly increased testing fees.

With anticipated growth in the number of Baltimore residents who will be enrolling in GED programs, the current situation presents unfortunate and unconscionable barriers to moving people out of poverty and improving the literacy and employment rates in the city.

However the GED program is administered, Baltimore and its many adult learners deserve an education that works.

Marta Adams, Baltimore

The writer is a GED instructor at Caroline Center.