Catholic Schools NSW has welcomed the Morrison Government’s drought relief package for regional schools announced last week, which will see an additional $10 million to support drought-affected families and students.
The funding will provide significant relief to those who have been hit hardest by the drought and will ensure parents can continue to choose an affordable education alternative for their children, CSNSW said.
CSNSW chief Dallas McInerney said that “faced with the worst drought on record this announcement last week will provide much needed relief and security for those families that have chosen to educate their children at one of our schools.”
This announcement will build upon the good work already done by Catholic schools in NSW in providing fee-relief, school fundraising and a commitment to ensure that fees remain affordable.
The announcement will support schools in areas like Walgett, Brewarrina and Baradine who support remote communities and ensure that parents can choose the best education for their families.
CSNSW has thanked the Federal Education Minister and the Prime Minister for their pragmatic response to those areas of acute need for drought affected communities.
“It doesn’t matter how bad the drought is, the education of children should not be impacted. This announcement responds to this need,” Mr McInerney said.
Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green, who grew up on a farm near Forbes
and experienced droughts first-hand, said “that economic conditions across the diocese – which covers the western half of NSW - are difficult and families are struggling. This announcement will be a huge shot in the arm for our schools and the communities they serve.”
Catholic Schools NSW represents the state’s 595 schools, educating more than a quarter of a million students and employing some 30,000 teaching staff.
Meanwhile, the relief package has been criticised by the Australian Education Union because government schools will not be eligible for the funding, The Guardian reports.
Catholic Schools NSW welcomes Federal Government drought relief package for regional schools (Catholic Schools NSW)