Catholic Education Welcomes Plans for New Schools

16/07/2014

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed today’s announcement of the Queensland Government’s plan to build new schools across the state.

“Meeting the schooling needs of Queensland’s growing population is a particular challenge facing all education providers,” QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne said.

“Enrolments in Queensland Catholic schools alone are projected to increase by around 50,000 between 2011 and 2031.

“It is pleasing that the Government has engaged with all sectors in undertaking this ‘whole of State’ planning initiative. In doing so, they have ensured Queenslanders will continue to have a choice as to where their children are educated.”

Mr Byrne said more than 143,000, or about 18.5% of all Queensland students, are currently educated in 296 Catholic schools that employ 17,500 teachers and staff.

“We applaud the commitment to the process and we look forward to continuing to work proactively with the State Government on catering for Queensland’s future growth.

Catholic schools strive to provide a high quality, faith-based and affordable educational option for Queensland families.

More information on the Queensland Schools Planning Submission can be found at: www.education.qld.gov.au/schools/schools-planning-commission

Queensland's newest Catholic school, St Brigid's Emerald, was officially opened by Education Minister John Paul Langbroek earlier this year