CEO seeks equal Govt funding for disabled students
The Director of the Catholic Education Office in the ACT has called on the Government to fund disabled students in Catholic schools at the same level as their counterparts in the state system.
Writing in this month's Catholic Voice, Geoff Joy said a government school disabled student attracts an extra $11,276 per year from the ACT Government, while the same student in a Catholic school would only attract an additional $5582.
He said: "Special learning technologies such as the Mountbatten Brailler can change the lives of our disabled students, but the purchase of special technologies and training for their best use is costly."
Mr Joy pointed out that schools in his jurisdiction have attracted a 40% grown in enrolments of students with disabilities over the past four years.
"But this commitment and provision comes at a high personal and professional cost to the staff and communities of Canberra's Catholic schools," he said.
Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn