Fees in Catholic schools across the Bathurst Diocese will not be increased in 2020 to offer relief to drought-affected families, Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna announced yesterday.
Bishop McKenna made the decision due to the ongoing severe drought conditions that are having a devastating effect across all communities within the diocese.
Bishop McKenna considered advice from the Diocesan Catholic Education Council and the Diocesan Finance Council in order to make the decision.
“As the severity of the drought worsens, I am well aware of the brutal impact it is having on communities whose livelihoods are dependent on rain,” Bishop McKenna said.
“As I have said publicly on numerous occasions, the provision of affordable Catholic schooling, especially for those in need in this time of drought, should not be an added burden to the financial strain of families.”
For this reason, Bishop McKenna said school fees in diocesan schools will be frozen for the upcoming year and the capital works levy will also remain at the same amount as 2019.
He reminded families that if they are suffering financial hardship for any reason and finding it difficult to pay school fees that they can contact their schools to discuss available assistance.
“A family’s financial situation should never be a barrier to accessing or continuing a student’s enrolment in a Diocese of Bathurst schools. It is hoped that this goes some way to assist families in the Diocese and demonstrates the ongoing commitment to making a quality Catholic education affordable for all.”
Catholic school fees will not increase in 2020 (Bathurst Diocese)