SCHOOL fees will be capped at 2019 levels for all Catholic schools across the Bathurst diocese in 2020.
Bishop of Bathurst Michael McKenna said the decision to cap fees was made in response to the crippling drought across much of the diocese, following advice from the Diocesan Catholic Education Council and the Diocesan Finance Council.
"As the severity of the drought worsens, I am well aware of the brutal impact it is having on communities whose livelihoods are dependent on rain," Bishop McKenna said.
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"As I have said publicly on numerous occasions, the provision of affordable Catholic schooling, especially for those in need in this time of drought, should not be an added burden to the financial strain of families."
The schools' capital works levy will also remain at 2019 levels.
"If you are suffering financial hardship for any reason and finding it difficult to pay school fees, please contact your school principal to discuss options in relation to available assistance," Bishop McKenna said.
"... It is hoped that this goes some way to assist families in the diocese and demonstrates the ongoing commitment to making a quality Catholic education affordable for all."
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