Budget reply promises support for Catholic schools

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s Address in Reply to the Budget has underscored the ALP’s commitment to Catholic schools.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) Acting Executive Director Chris Woolley said Mr Shorten’s speech reiterated a number of the ALP’s key commitments to education.

“We welcome the commitment by Labor to give every school, regardless of sector, the funding it needs,” Mr Woolley said.

“We look forward to working with Labor to see more of details around any changes that an ALP government would make to the current funding arrangements.

“We also support the extension of pre-school education to three-year olds. Research shows that children with access to high quality early learning programs do better when they reach school.”

Mr Woolley said more kindergartens would be needed to ensure that more places can be made available to support increased participation in kindergarten programs.

“This is something we’ll be advocating strongly for with the major parties in the lead up to the election,” he said.

“It is also good to see a commitment from the ALP to create more apprenticeships so the thousands of students studying VET courses in Catholic schools have a pathway to employment when they leave school.”