Catholic Sector Welcomes Increased State Government Investment in Education

04/06/2014

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission welcomed an overall increase in recurrent spending on education in the Non-state sector of around 7% announced in the State budget.

“We are pleased that in a tough fiscal environment the Newman Government has been able to find funds to assist the Catholic sector to meet the rising costs of education,” QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne said.

“We will now work with the government to fully understand the specifics of this increase, including how enrolment growth and the significant costs associated with the move of Year 7 to secondary school, are reflected in these figures.

Mr Byrne said the QCEC particularly welcomed additional funding for Catholic schools to implement the Great Teachers = Great Results plan over the next four years.

“Quality teaching is the single greatest contributor to improving outcomes for our students,” QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne said.

“These funds will assist Catholic schools to implement programs that will go directly to supporting teachers to develop their skills, and improve teacher quality and performance.

“The Catholic sector also commends the State Government for allowing flexibility to tailor programs to the individual needs and circumstances of our schools,” Mike Byrne said.

Mr Byrne also welcomed the State Government’s ongoing commitment to assist Catholic school building programs, including the Building Our Future Schools fund.

“We also acknowledge the State Government’s potential $1 billion Future Schools Fund under the Strong Choices Investment Program.

“All education sectors are facing significant challenges to meet the schooling needs of Queensland’s growing population into the future,” he said.

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

One-in-five, or 143,000 Queensland students attend 296 Catholic primary and secondary schools that employ more than 17,000 teachers and staff.

Catholic schools, on average, operate with about 90% of the per student recurrent income of State schools.