CLASSES GET OVERWHELMED
SCHOOLS will close or parents will be forced to pay more because of a shortfall in funds for a growing number of students with a disability, Catholic education chiefs warn.
The number of children with special needs in Catholic schools has soared from 1391 in 1985 to 33,655.
Public schools are also battling to accommodate increasing numbers of students with special needs.
The National Catholic Education Commission said more than 1700 Catholic schools were enrolling “growing numbers of children with disability” but costs were outpacing funding.
“Without sustainable funding, fees will increase, schools could close and the quality of education will be compromised,” the commission told a senate inquiry.