The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools will reduce school fees at every Catholic parish primary school in the state in 2021. Source: The Southern Cross.
Communities of all South Australian Catholic schools were informed of SACCS’ decision last week and parents and carers will receive specific information on the level of fee reduction for students by the end of Term 3.
Chair of SACCS, Denis Ralph, said all schools were being asked to make meaningful reductions. While the minimum annual reduction would be $100 per student, many would be substantially higher with most schools expecting a reduction of between $300 and $500 per student per year.
The move is part of a three-year plan to improve the affordability of Catholic education, extending the fee reductions to Catholic secondary and Reception – Year 12 schools.
“The Commission is acutely aware of the need to ensure high-quality outcomes as well as to continue to support families whose circumstances have been affected by COVID-19. Catholic education is committed to providing greater accessibility and affordability for all families enrolled, or considering a Catholic education,” Professor Ralph said.
Fr Philip Marshall, Adelaide Archdiocese’s Vicar General, said the initiative comes at a time when the COVID pandemic is placing increased financial pressures on many families.
“I’m sure it will be comforting for our families to know that we are working to deliver lower fees in Catholic primary schools from 2021,” Fr Marshall said.
Dr Neil McGoran, director Catholic Education SA, said the fee reduction would not impact the quality of education.
Catholic primary schools to reduce fees (By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross)