The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed today’s announcement of an education accord process by Premier Campbell Newman.
“There are few greater responsibilities than ensuring that the next generation of young Queenslanders has the best possible educational opportunities.
“The Catholic sector aims to foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. We welcome this ‘whole of State’ initiative and look forward to opportunities to engage closely with the process,” QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne said.
Mr Byrne said Catholic schools strive to provide a high quality, faith-based and affordable educational option for Queensland families.
He said meeting the schooling needs of Queensland’s growing population was a particular challenge facing education providers with enrolments in Queensland Catholic schools alone projected to increase by 52,000 between 2011 and 2031.
In 2014, more than 143,000, or about 18.5% of all Queensland students, are educated in 296 Catholic schools that employ 17,500 teachers and staff.
Catholic education has been an integral part of the story of education in Queensland since the first school was opened in central Brisbane, near where the Myer Centre now stands, in 1845.
More information on the Queensland Education Accord can be found at: http://dete.qld.gov.au/educationaccord