The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s significant increase of 7.5% in funding for non-state schools announced in today’s State budget.
QCEC Acting Executive Director Mandy Anderson said the government had followed through on its election commitments to the Catholic sector in delivering its first budget.
“We particularly welcome an increase in per student funding that will assist Catholic schools to keep pace with the rising costs of education and take pressure off school fees at a time when some families are struggling.
“We also acknowledge the State Government’s delivery on its election promise of an additional $25million per annum for the next three years to support the Catholic sector to develop new school places to meet the demands of Queensland’s growing population,” she said.
Catholic schools receive around 20% of their total annual recurrent income from the State Government. On average, Catholic schools receive approximately 80% of the total (State and Federal) annual per student government funding received by state schools.
Catholic schools strive to provide a high quality, faith-based and affordable educational option for Queensland families. One-in-five, or 147,000 Queensland students attend 298 Catholic primary and secondary schools that employ more than 18,000 teachers and staff.
Mrs Anderson said further detail about the State budget was expected to be provided through briefings over the coming days.
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