The NSW Government is planning to slash millions of dollars from Catholic schools in what has been described as an unprecedented threat and a breach of trust.
Without any consultation the cuts will mean a savage blow to parents, many of whom are dependent on the low-fee-paying schools, according to a statement from the Catholic Communications office of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is this week expected to announce the cuts, as high at $67 million per year, to Catholic and Independent schools.
Shocked at the size of the predicted cut, NSW bishops said this comes at a time Catholic school authorities and all Australian governments are exploring ways of increasing, not decreasing, government investment in schools.
The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese has described the news as unimaginable and unacceptable and will have a major impact on the delivery and educational service the CEO can provide.
Unprecedented threat to Catholic schools (Catholic Communications Sydney)