Good news for private and Catholic schools in need of more kids school chairs, as the Coalition government recently announced that they’ll be allocating $500 million over a time span of four years, in order to help the schools cope with increasing enrolments.
The announcement was made by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes, following a political campaign made by the Catholic sector asking for more funding in the weeks leading up to the NSW election. Part of the campaign included Catholic school directors writing to their principals about their campaign for more funding needed for maintaining and building schools, as well as getting equipment like kids school chairs and books.
Ms. Berejiklian said that a Coalition government would be supporting parents regardless of where they opted to send their children to get education, whether, local public, independent or Catholic school. She says that the Coalition have already provided record funding for the public schools, and now they’re providing that same support for Catholic and independent schools as well.
This additional funding, Berejiklian says, was only made possible thanks to the strong economic management.
Stokes says that increase in investment would be given to the schools via the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, which distributes funding on an “as-needed” basis. This scheme utilizes account fees, demographics, as well as the socio-economic attributes of schools to decide on which requires funding.
He notes that the NSW Liberals, as well as the Nationals recognise the importance of funding school infrastructure on an ‘as-needed’ basis, distributing funding to the schools that are in most need.
Schools that’ll be receiving funding for 2019 include:
- Francis Catholic College, Edmonson Park ($3.6 million);
- Australian Christian College, Marsden Park, Riverstone ($950,000);
- Nowra Christian School, Nowra ($800,000), and;
- Peter’s Anglican College, Broulee ($300,000).
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet stated that the half million was more than double than what Labour invested in non-government school infrastructure in the last four years.
The state government has also gone on record saying that it’ll be investing $6 billion in the next four years in order to fund more upgrades for public schools, which would be the largest investment in the public school sector by any state government in Aussie history.