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More non-Catholics than ever in NSW Catholic schools

In an exclusive report, the Catholic Weekly is reporting the percentage of non-Catholic students in Catholic school in NSW has doubled over the last decade, and numbers are continuing to grow at an ever faster rate. In another story, Catholic teachers in Victoria are set to strike claims The Age.

The ratio of non-Catholic students to Catholic students for 2003 in NSW is 18.1 per cent. In 1990 it was 9.7 per cent; in 1984 8.6 per cent. Full details are available in the Catholic Weekly article which is available on-line at the link below.

The Age report this morning claims: " Catholic teachers are likely to join state teachers in a 24-hour strike that would severely disrupt schools on March 3. It would be the first joint industrial action by teachers in the two systems. The committee of management of the Victorian Independent Education Union will decide today on joining action planned by the Australian Education Union, which represents state school teachers."

The letters pages of newspapers are continuing to generate feedback on the questions raised by Prime Minister John Howard and others in recent days regarding public education but there has been little further hard news comment apart from a claim by Deputy Prime Minister and National Party Leader, John Anderson. The SMH reports:

The acting Prime Minister, John Anderson, yesterday weighed into the debate over schools and values, labelling some material taught in public schools as "anti-farmer" and "deep green".

Mr Anderson, the leader of the National Party, who is married to a teacher and has four school-aged children said he was "very pro-teacher". But he said ideology was creeping into some parts of the school curriculum at the expense of facts.

Catholic Weekly – More non-Catholics than ever in Catholic schools
The Age – Catholic, state teachers set to strike
SMH – Some students learn about farms through green glasses: Anderson

23 Jan 2004